Harvest 1943



Marguerite Kumm, American, 1902 - 1992


Harvest 1943




8 11/16 x 6 1/8 in. (22.1 x 15.5 cm)

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In this symbolic work from the Second World War, the landscape, sown with the dead, yields a harvest of crosses. This print employs an agricultural metaphor to show the landscape changed, as the nation was, by the ranks of dead fallen in war. The dark sky, long shadows, and slumping central cross all lend a sense of tragic loss. The three crosses in the foreground suggest the Crucifixion, perhaps raising the hope that the sacrifice is for a greater good. Kumm uses the landscape as a symbol of the American spirit in a somewhat abstracted form. This print was awarded a Society of American Etchers prize in 1943, and was commemorated in an American Artists Group book of prize prints published in 1949.

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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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Marguerite Kumm, American, 1902 - 1992, “Harvest 1943,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 11, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/8841.

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