Rather than presenting the familiar motif of rural subsistence agriculture commonly found in Southern art of this period, this painting documents an opposite aspect of Southern life during the Great Depression; urban unemployment. Elise Bacharach had studied art in New York, under the instruction of well-known figurative painter, Alexander Brook. In the late 1930s, Brook had won critical recognition for his depictions of poor African American residents of Savannah, Georgia. It was likely the success of her teacher in this subject matter which inspired Bacharach to visit Charleston in 1938.
Wright Collection of Southern Art
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oil on canvas
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