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In the Cotton Field

Accession Number
2004/2.11.5

Title
In the Cotton Field

Artist(s)
David Levinthal

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1999

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

Dimensions
17 11/16 in x 20 7/8 in (44.93 cm x 53.02 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Subject matter
This photograph is on in a series of eight photogravures by David Levinthal, published in an edition of 25 by Landfall Press. This series employs tin toy figurines to illustrate moments from Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark 1852 novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The series shares the same name. Levinthal is known for addressing controversial subjects in his tableaux, questioning conventions of straight photography, using recycled imagery and recycled toy objects. In this series, he uses a shallow depth of field, dramatic shadows and chiaroscuro in order to address the darker themes of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Physical Description
A photograph of a tin figure in a shallow plane, set against a black backdrop. Large plants surround the male figure. He holds a large basket on his shoulder, above his head, carrying it and leaning forward, illustrating the burden of the large load.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
antebellum
figurines
novels
slavery
tableaux (sculpture)
toys (recreational artifacts)

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