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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Steven Watson.
Title:

Charlie Mae Practicing for the Baptising


Artist: Carroll Cloar (1913 - 1993)
Date: 1974
Dimensions:
28 x 40 in. (71.1 x 101.6 cm)
Framed: 31 7/8 × 43 3/4 × 1 1/4 in.
Medium: Acrylic on panel
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2008.10
On View
Accession Number: 2008.10
Terms
ProvenanceElder L. Shearon, Jr., Memphis, TN; Private Collection, West Memphis, AR; (Greg Thompson Fine Art, Little Rock, AR); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2008
Label TextBorn and raised on a cotton farm in Earle, Arkansas, Carroll Cloar used childhood memories and family photographs as inspiration for his work. With his signature style of thinly applied bright colors, patterns, and shallow planes, he represented Southern rural life. In this work, his childhood friend Charlie Mae, an African American girl he depicted in more than two dozen works, prepares for a major life event among the lushly patterned landscape.
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