Medium: cotton Technique: hand screen printed on plain weave
printed, dyed & painted textiles
New York, New York, USA
Research in Progress
Textile printed with repeat design of individual ballerina on blue ground with green floral pattern, human figure on off-white ground with blue floral pattern, and stage scene featuring pink curtains and three performers. Designs are separated by green geometric shapes and striped rectangles.
Chaim Gross, born Wolowa, Austria 1904-died New York City 1991
Bedi-Makky Art Foundry Corp.
66 x 49 1/4 x 40 in. (167.5 x 125.1 x 101.6 cm.)
Chaim Gross grew up in a large and loving Jewish family with ten brothers and sisters. When he was very young, Gross saw his parents nearly beaten to death for their religious beliefs by Cossack soldiers. As an adult, he compensated for this trauma by sculpting large families, as in Happy Children, which shows two small children emulating the adults who dance with them. The larger figures and the ring of bronze symbolically protect the children, as Gross's parents had been unable to do.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross in honor of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Society of the Butterfly (James McNeill Whistler), London, in 1902 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 16, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Society of the Butterfly [Company of the Butterfly] was James McNeill Whistler's London business through which he sold his works. Mr. Freer purchased this work in May 1900, although it was paid for on June 16, 1902 (see Accession List, Collections Management Office, as well as Curatorial Remarks in the object record).
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
Shows four small children, two seated on top of a table, one standing in between them resting her hands on their heads, and one standing in front of the table. This photograph was once part of the Marsh Family Scrapbook. It was loose from its album page when digitized.
William Henry Rinehart, born Union Bridge, MD 1825-died Rome, Italy 1874
15 3/8 x 36 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (38.9 x 93.3 x 47.6 cm.)
modeled 1859, carved 1869
William Henry Rinehart's marble sculpture of two sleeping children beautifully captures a peaceful moment in time. An anonymous visitor to the artist's studio at the time reported that Rinehart sculpted the children from life as they napped, allowing him to render their ringlets and chubby hands in exquisite detail. Nineteenth-century artists used sleeping figures to evoke death, and images like this often served as grave markers. An early replica of Sleeping Children can be found in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, on the family plot of the artist's patron and friend, Hugh Sisson.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Benjamin H. Warder
1 photographic print : black & white ; 4 x 3 centimeters
Bahia (Brazil : State)
Children of filhas of Sabina, Caboclo Candomblé high priestess. Photograph from anthropologist Ruth Landes' 1938-1939 field research on Afro-Brazilians and Candomblé in Brazil in the city of Bahia (now known as Salvador). Handwritten by Landes on verso: "3 cil of Sabina's filhas: Menininha (Guiomar), Lourdes (Pequeninha), João (Guiomar)."
landes_photo_brazil_91-4_0504, Brazil: Bahian blacks and candomblé [2 of 3], Box 62, Ruth Landes Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution