Cutting Fodder



John E. Costigan, American, 1888-1972


Cutting Fodder


ca. 1940


Image: 7 3/4 x 12 in. (19.7 x 30.5 cm)

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Costigan delighted in portraying the farm in rural Orangeburg, New York where he settled with his family in 1919. His wife Ida, their five children, and the animals of the working farm were his primary subjects. His loose, sketchy depictions of rural life appealed to the Regionalist aesthetic. Although self-taught, Costigan became well-regarded in New York City art circles. As his prints began to garner notice, his simple style and agricultural imagery earned him the nickname "the American Millet". Life on the farm and as a working artist was hard during the Depression, and Costigan was one of many artists who joined the Public Works Art Project (a government relief program) during those years.
Signed, bottom right, "J.E. Costigan - N.A.S.L.E."

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Gift of Carl and Marian Mullis


Cultivating America: Visions of the Landscape in Twentieth-Century Prints, Michael C. Carlos Museum, March 8 - June 29, 2008


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John E. Costigan, American, 1888-1972, “Cutting Fodder,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 11, 2018,

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