Marguerite Kumm, American, 1902 - 1992
8 11/16 x 6 1/8 in. (22.1 x 15.5 cm)
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.
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
© Estate of Marguerite Kumm. Image courtesy of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Michael McKelvey.
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