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Carroll Cloar
American, 1913–1993

Doorway

1982

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American
Dimensions:
23 in. x 34 in. (58.42 cm x 86.36 cm)
Medium and Support: Acrylic on Masonite
Accession Number: 1984.0001

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase through a Gift of Mary Katherine A. Blount


In the twentieth century, the interior lives of children held great interest for artists, which is evidenced by the abundance of artworks showing young people as elements within the contemporary environment. The children in this composition are largely subordinate to the setting in which they are placed; however, their presence is key. Their positioning in the doorway places them in a temporary space: they are neither in, nor out. By virtue of their ages, they are also transitioning from one stage of life to another. Their relaxed attitudes and calm demeanors reflect comfort with their time and place within this transition.

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