Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[Rural Church, Beaufort, South Carolina]

Artist:
Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
22.7 x 18.5 cm (8 15/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation Gift, in memory of David Nathan Meyerson; and Pat and John Rosenwald and Lila Acheson Wallace Gifts, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.237.3
Rights and Reproduction:
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Not on view
"Out-of-the-way churches … comprise the most unnoticeable ecclesiastical architecture in the U.S. But they are unnoticeable with a vengeance: even the unbeliever must feel their force. These buildings are primitive, if the term may be used without its shade of condescension … country churches of fading, weatherworn wood, with touches of old color on the trim. In these, the rewarding features are belfry and tower, sporting all variety of shingle play and dancing line. Amplified by understatement, consecration speaks tenfold over such labored glorifications as Saint Patrick's Fifth Avenue or the Cathedral of St. John the Divine."

-Walker Evans, "Primitive Churches," Architectural Forum (December 1961)
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in pencil on mount, recto BR, BL: "Walker Evans", "Beaufort, GA [sic], 1935"
Walker Evans; John T. Hill, Bethany, Connecticut

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Walker Evans," February 1, 2000–May 14, 2000.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Walker Evans," June 2, 2000–September 12, 2000.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Walker Evans," December 17, 2000–March 4, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "On Photography: A Tribute to Susan Sontag," June 6, 2006–September 4, 2006.

Evans, Walker. Walker Evans: Photographs for the Farm Security Administration, 1935–1938. New York: De Capo Press, 1973. no. 195.

Fonvielle, Lloyd. Walker Evans. Aperture Masters of Photography, Vol. 10. New York: Aperture, 1997. p. 65.

Mora, Gilles, and John T. Hill. Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye. New York: H. N. Abrams, 1993. p. 153 (top right).

Hambourg, Maria Morris, Doug Eklund, Mia Fineman, and Jeff L. Rosenheim. Walker Evans. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. no. 77.



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