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Untitled (Nellie Mae and Joe Looking into Heaven)

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Untitled (Nellie Mae and Joe Looking into Heaven)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Nellie Mae Rowe
American, 1900–1982

Date

1980

Medium

Crayon, colored pencil, and pencil on paper

Accession #

2006.145

Dimensions

Please contact the Museum for more information.

Location

Currently Out on Loan

Description

Rowe depicts herself seated in a red chair with her nephew, Joe Brown Sr., who was the son of her older sister Minerva. Rowe settled in Vinings after Brown had begun to make a life there, and when her first husband died, she stayed with Brown and his family until she remarried. She pays tribute to their lifelong friendship through the warm colors of this work, which reflect the glow of a setting sun. A glimpse of heaven emanates from the western corner of the sky, beckoning with its flowering field and rising phoenix, a symbol of spiritual rebirth.

Credit

Bequest of Dr. Margaret Sommerville and Jim Sommerville

Image Copyright

© Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.