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New Grave, Havana, Alabama

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New Grave, Havana, Alabama

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

William Christenberry
American, 1936–2016

Date

1978

Medium

Dye coupler print

Accession #

2014.157

Dimensions

Image/Sight: 17 1/2 x 22 inches Support/Overall: 20 x 24 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Christenberry often alluded to cycles of life and death in his elegiac photographs of decaying buildings set against explosively verdant landscapes. In his many photographs of modest rural graves, he confronted mortality and loss directly.

Christenberry approached this elaborately festooned grave as a still life in the classical tradition of memento mori. The humble decorations crowding a plot of newly turned earth exude a deeply felt sense of mourning and genuine affection for the recently deceased.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Robert Yellowlees

Image Copyright

(c) William Christenberry