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What Is the Soul of Man

Folk and Self-Taught Art

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What Is the Soul of Man

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001

Date

ca. 1976

Medium

Enamel paint on plywood

Accession #

2000.202

Dimensions

17 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

Description

What is the Soul of Man was probably created in 1976, the first year Finster fully devoted himself to painting and working as an artist. Drawing upon his skills as a charismatic preacher, poet, painter, and visionary, Finster uses this pictorial sermon to describe the creation of Man’s soul.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Mattie Lou O'Kelley Endowment and Norfolk Southern Collection of Self-Taught Art