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What Is the Soul of Man

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What Is the Soul of Man

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Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001


ca. 1976


Enamel paint on plywood

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17 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407


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.


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