22 3/4 x 34 in. (58 x 86 cm)
Fashioned in a naive style akin to that of Horace Pippin, many of his works convey an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, described by one critic in 1955 as a “concrete expression to the ghosts of old memories.” The untitled 1978 drawing—a female protagonist in the foreground, a set of railroad tracks in the middle ground, and a simple wooden house in the background, complete with a cast of agrarian characters—typifies Cloar’s compositions. A number of photographs of junk cars in the Cloar Archives echo, in fact, the subject of this drawing. Increasingly, later works such as The Car trace changes in the daily life and social fabric of his native region. In this image, Cloar’s perspectival strategy has changed, with the house and car occupying the central and largest area of the composition, with few other hints alluding to the landscape beyond.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Expanding the Narrative: Recent Acquisitions Addison Gallery of American Art , 2/1/2020 - 3/1/2020
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