Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Childress County, Texas

Artist:
Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965)
Date:
1938
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
25.9 x 33.0 cm (10 3/16 x 13 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.88
Not on view
Between 1935 and 1942, Lange worked for the photographic unit of the Farm Security Administration, photographing migrant workers, sharecroppers, tenant farmers, and other victims of the Depression, primarily in the South and West. In 1939 she and her husband, the historian Paul S. Taylor, published An American Exodus, a book documenting the migration of thousands of farmers and laborers from the dust bowls of the South to California's fertile valleys. They included this image of a farmhouse surrounded by machine-furrowed fields, with the caption: "Tractors replace not only mules, but people. They cultivate to the very door of the houses of those whom they replace."
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, verso [different hands] TL, TR, C, BL, BC: "D. Lange", "CEJ 707// 137/398", "152", "#142 9 1/8" wide", 300.152", "D. Lange"; inscribed in red pencil on mount, verso C [upside down]: "Staich"
(Sale, Christie's, New York, November 2, 1980, Lot #398, to Waddell]; John C. Waddell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 34," February 25, 2003–June 22, 2003.

According to JCW, Van Deren Coke has suggested that this is probably an Ansel Adams print. This image was published in "An American Exodus" (1939) with the following caption: "Tractors replace not only mules, but people. They cultivate to the very door of the houses of those whom they replace."
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