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Nellie Mae Rowe

Empty Chair, 1981

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Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982), Empty Chair, 1981

Pencil, crayon, pastel, on paper, 18 x 23 3/4 in.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

In Empty Chair, the adult Nellie Mae Rowe, dressed in red, turns away from a celebratory tree of life surrounded by birds and animals. She looks toward death, summed up as her past and future: above the empty chair is the specter of young Nellie Mae in the green pasture, flanked by two nose-diving birds. Below the tree of life, a bird plucks the berries from a potted plant or fruit basket.

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Souls Grown Deep Custom Prints offers custom reproductions of artworks by Souls Grown Deep artists. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.


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