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Clementine Hunter
American, about 1886/1887–1988

The Donkey Cart


Object Type: Painting
Dimensions:
11 1/2 in. x 15 in. (29.21 cm x 38.1 cm)
Medium and Support: Acrylic on academy board
Accession Number: 1985.0001

Credit Line: Gift of Starke Dillard


Hunter was born in the Cane River district of Louisiana, and worked for most of her life as a farm hand. Largely without a formal education, she spent her later years working at Melrose Plantation and she began to paint using materials left behind by a visiting artist. Her subjects are typically scenes of rural and agricultural life during the early twentieth century, and they form a record of the daily life and activities of that era. "The Donkey Cart" is an example of her work in this genre, showing a simply composed scene of a field worker transporting cotton in a small, mule-drawn wagon.

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