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Artist Name:

William Edmondson

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1874 - 1951

Title:

Nurse

Date:

late 1930s

Medium:

Limestone

Dimensions:

22 x 7 x 11 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase with Fay and Barrett Howell Fund

Accession Number:

1983.61

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway Level, Gallery 406
Using a homemade chisel William Edmondson began to carve limestone blocks in his yard in Nashville, Tennessee, after he believed the voice of God told him to do so. Edmondson’s subjects are often heroes of the African American community such as teachers and preachers. Here he celebrates the nurses he admired during his long employment at a Nashville hospital. Nurse demonstrates Edmondson’s elegant economy of form. He rendered the basic shapes of the body as geometric volumes, concentrating on details in the facial features and carefully coiffed hair. The figure’s hands, positioned gracefully in her lap, lend Nurse a delicacy that belies its solidity.



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