Joseph the CarpenterArtist(s)Carlos LopezObject Creation Date1930-1952Medium & Supportwatercolor on illustration boardDimensions
24 in x 29 7/8 in (60.96 cm x 75.88 cm)Credit LineGift of The Ann Arbor Art Association, in memory of Ruby S. ChurchhillSubject 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 ClassificationPaintingCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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modern and contemporary art