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Maker(s):French, Jared
Culture:American (1905-1988)
Materials:Graphite on tan wove paper
Measurements:Sheet: 40 7/8 in x 27 1/8 in; 103.8 cm x 68.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2012.277
Credit Line:Museum Purchase with funds donated by Andrew J. Shilling (Class of 1989) and Kirsten N. Shilling; Jennifer S. Stein (Class of 1993) and Josh B. Stein; and A. Gary Shilling (Class of 1959) and Margaret B. Shilling.

Female figure

Label Text:
Matriarchy is one of the most figural of French's later works, featuring a clearly formed, albeit disproportionate, woman, and a monstrous, but human, face behind her.

With letters from French's mother sister in mind, held in the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections at Frost Library, it is particularly tempting to speculate on what the artist intended to say about "matriarchy" in this drawing.

MD, 2013

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