Christina's World

Accession Number

Christina's World

Rodney Alan Greenblat

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
screenprint on paper

48 in x 38 3/4 in (121.92 cm x 98.43 cm);48 in x 38 3/4 in (121.92 cm x 98.43 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick

Subject matter
As with this print, Greenblat is known for his colorful, optimistic, cartoon-like images. After moving to New York, his works became an integral part of the East Village art scene in the 1980s where he created this print. This work is characteristic both of Greenblat's depictions of whimsical fantasy worlds as well as his engagement with art history. The title references the 1948 painting by Andrew Wyeth with the same title (MoMA). He takes the original, a painting about the life of a woman crippled by Polio, and creates an updated whimsical vision of a girl growing up in contemporary suburban America.

Physical Description
This colorful print is broken up in to four panels, which are divided by a black border with white dashes and then surrounded by a red border, which includes designs in white. In the upper left panel is the image of a blue and yellow house. The upper right shows a television set sitting on a table alongside a glass of milk, a key ring, notepad, plate, and cell phone. In the lower left panel, the bust of a girl with blonde hair in pig-tail braids is standing in front of two houses, one traditional and one modern. The lower right panel depicts an orange, yellow, and red store labeled "Shop and Buy" with a parking lot out front. The artist's initals are included in the print (l.r.) in white on red "RG".

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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cartoons (humorous images)
convenience stores
suburban landscapes
television (telecommunication system)

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