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Maker(s):French, Jared
Culture:American (1905-1988)
Date Made:1939
Materials:Graphite and conte crayon or chalk on tan wove paper
Measurements:Sheet: 6 13/16 in x 10 7/8 in; 17.3 cm x 27.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  "4 9/16 x 8 3/4"; "CRiME/(#3)"; "Her breast/Her arms more womanly/His inner hand on knuckles turned back"
Accession Number:  AC 2012.161
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.
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Female; male

Label Text:
Throughout the 1940s and '50s, French labored on a series of 49 paintings and drawings in which he ambitiously sought to define the whole of human nature and experience. He devised seven main categories and within each category he designated seven subjects. Crime is registered in the category "man," a nebulous category dealing primarily with social phenomenon (language, dress, and government, for example, are other subjects within "man"). French's drawing Crime employs an extremely opaque allegory, exemplifying the extent to which he elaborated his already obscure, symbolist style.

MD, 2013

allegory; figures; realism

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