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Joseph the Carpenter

Accession Number
1972/2.20

Title
Joseph the Carpenter

Artist(s)
Carlos Lopez

Object Creation Date
1930-1952

Medium & Support
watercolor on illustration board

Dimensions
24 in x 29 7/8 in (60.96 cm x 75.88 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of The Ann Arbor Art Association, in memory of Ruby S. Churchhill

Subject matter
In the 1930s and 1940s, Lopez did many paintings of laborers, specifically blue color workers in Michigan. Here, three carpenters work to build a large wooden boat. The nearly flat people, darker colors, and depiction of the rough life of laborers is similar to his other paintings of the 1940s. Religion was not a common theme in Lopez's work, however the title Joseph the Carpenter and the crosses in the background of the piece imply a reference to Christianity.

Physical Description
This print shows a shipyard, with three laborers working on the hull of a large boat under a dark sky.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Bible stories
Christianity
Cuban
boats
buildings
carpentry (process)
fences
laborers
modern and contemporary art
religious objects
religious symbolism
ships

4 Related Resources

Work and Workers
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Light Details
(Part of: Collection Ensemble)

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