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Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Title:

Free


Artist: after Emma Marie Cadwalader-Guild (1843 - 1911)
Date: modeled 1876, carved after 1876
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (77.5 x 21 x 39.1 cm)
Medium: Basswood
Credit Line: Promised Gift to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Signed: on proper right side of base: EMMA CADWALLADER GUILD mod. [modeled] / OTTO BRAUN WACKERSLEBEN geschn. [carved]
On View
Label TextThis sculpture presents an African American man leaning against the stump of a tree with his gaze downcast and hands held behind him as if they are bound. Although the title indicates that he is a freed man, his posture suggests a more complicated reality. In the decades following the abolition of slavery, African Americans still had limited social mobility due to prejudice and Reconstruction-era conditions, making it hard for former slaves to better their quality of life.
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