starving thin and bony woman breast feeding a young child while seated on a bed in a run down room

© Estate James B. Turnbull

Breast Feeding, 1939

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James Turnbull envisions the heartbreak of poverty in this scene of a mother nursing her young son, whose will to survive is challenged by the mother’s emaciated physical condition and their dilapidated surroundings. Completed in 1939 at the end of the Great Depression, Turnbull’s gouache and watercolor painting is emblematic of the punishing hardships endured by many Americans during the era’s economic turmoil.

Exhibitions
  • America, Seen

    Saturday, December 19, 2015 - Sunday, September 04, 2016
Details
Title
Breast Feeding
Artist Life
1909 - 1976
Role
Artist
Accession Number
96.18
Provenance
(Fran Horowitz, Hopkins, Minn.); Regis Corporation, Edina, Minn.; given to MIA, 1996.
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starving thin and bony woman breast feeding a young child while seated on a bed in a run down room

© Estate James B. Turnbull

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