John George Brown / Boat Builder / c. 1904John George Brown
Boat Builder
c. 1904

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Creator Name: Brown, John George
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1831 - 1913
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: John George Brown
Title: Boat Builder
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1889
Creation End Date: 1909
Creation Date: c. 1904
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 80cm x 101.6cm
Inscriptions: signed lower right: J.G. Brown N.A.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 905.1972
Credit Line: Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection
Provenance: artist's estate sale, New York, 1914 ("A Builder of Boats"); Henry Rohlfs, Jr.; (Graham Gallery, bought by the Museum, 1972).
Context: John George Brown's preference for rural subjects in a time when the United States was undergoing rapid industrialization suggests a nostalgia for the past. In The Boat Builder, a man pauses from his work and looks over his spectacles towards the viewer. This image of the worker as a kind, elderly craftsman peacefully working on his own, offered a comforting alternative to the brutal reality of modern factory life.
AMICA ID: CMA_.905.1972
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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