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Maker(s):Buschman, Leonard U.
Culture:American (1893-1977)
Title:Woman Holding Up Vessel
Date Made:ca. 1932-1934
Materials:gelatin silver print
Place Made:North America; Mexico
Measurements:Sheet: 23.8125 cm x 19.05 cm; 9 3/8 in x 7 1/2 in; Image: 23.8125 cm x 19.05 cm; 9 3/8 in x 7 1/2 in
Accession Number:  AC 1998.119
Credit Line:Museum purchase
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

young woman holding vase at left, a pitcher sitting on edge of fountain, with water flowing from two spouts

Label Text:
Pastor, doctor, and amateur photographer, Buschman staged this photograph of a young native woman standing by a public water basin. Dressed in western-style clothes and shoes, she holds up an antique decorated ceramic vase, while a terracotta pitcher is left on the stone ledge of the fountain. Other Buschman photographs from the Mexican countryside employ a more ethnographic approach, documenting real village life where women are dressed in their traditional working clothes and fetch water with imported metal buckets. Here, however, as in the painting by Millet nearby, this type of idealized imagery perpetuated a distorted view of women, either by romanticizing their role or belittling their positions and contributions in society.

figures; women; roads; sidewalks; still lifes

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