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Will Henry Stevens
American, 1881–1949

Untitled (Cabin in the Hills)


Object Type: Drawing
Dimensions:
13 7/8 in. x 16 7/8 in. (35.24 cm x 42.86 cm)
Medium and Support: Pastel on paper
Accession Number: 2007.0007.0001

Credit Line: Gift of Janet Stevens McDowell Revocable Trust


"Cabin in the Hills" is a good example of how Stevens began to transform natural and man-made forms into abstract shapes in his compositions. Here, objective and non-objective elements can each be seen, which is a notable characteristic of Stevens’ art. Stevens presents a straightforward depiction of the environment with stylized elements, including a cabin set within a rocky landscape.

During his tenure as an art teacher at Newcomb College, Stevens divided his time between New Orleans for the academic seasons and North Carolina for the summers. This drawing, which features hills and mountains, is likely a work from his summertime escape to the mountains of the Appalachian Highlands.

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