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Artist:
Edgar Tolson, born Lee City, KY 1904-died Campton, KY 1984  Search this
Medium:
painted wood
Dimensions:
29 3/4 × 8 × 7 1/4 in. (75.6 × 20.3 × 18.4 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Folk Art
Date:
1972
Luce Center Label:
Edgar Tolson was fifty-three when a stroke impaired the use of his hand. In early years, he had pursued woodcarving as a hobby, but it was not until the stroke forced him to sell his tobacco farm that he turned seriously to his craft. He began to carve as a form of physical therapy and to pass the time he could no longer spend farming. Over one thousand works are credited to this Kentucky carver. Tolson preferred to work with poplar and used paint sparingly to highlight specific details. In this sculpture of Uncle Sam, whose slender physique is thought to have resembled that of the artist, he painted the clothes and hair of the figure but left the natural wood grain to serve as skin.
Topic:
Figure male\full length  Search this
Dress\costume\Uncle Sam costume  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orren and Marilyn Bradley and Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Object number:
2015.58.23
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 25A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk716f8943c-a9e6-4931-85a5-d8b70644b2bd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2015.58.23