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    Artist Name:

    Minnie Evans

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1892–1987


    Modern Art




    Oil, ink, and crayon on paper board


    11 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from Dan and Merrie Boone and the General Acquisitions Fund

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway Level, Gallery 407
    This small painting’s sure drawing, adept design, and fresh colors display Minnie Evans’s visionary powers fully developed. The rare narrative composition includes many of her most potent symbols. The iconography is celestial, full of stars and rainbows, while a disembodied pair of eyes reveals an omnipresent God. The “magic writing” on the open book held by the leftmost figure may be a form of visual glossographia, or writing in tongues; it rarely appears in Evans’s work. The book and the scene around it may also, or alternatively, freely depict the throne of God as described in the fourth and fifth chapters of the Book of Revelation.

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