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Recent Acquisitions 7

Andrew Moore, American, born 1957
El Rapido, Havana, 1999
Cibachrome print
50 x 40 in.
Gift of the artist; 2006.91

Unknown artist, Kenya or Tanzania, Maasai peoples
Gourd, early to mid-20th century
Gourd, beads, leather
19 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Varujan Boghosian; 2006.92.1

Fedor Petrovich Litke, Russian, 1797-1882
Atlas from Voyage around the World (Voyage Autour du Monde), 1835-36
Book with lithographs on chine colle
1 1/4 x 22 1/4 x 16 in.
Gift of Varujan Boghosian; 2006.92.2

Jackson Pollock, American, 1912-1956
Untitled (Bald Woman with Skeleton), about 1938-41
Oil on smooth side of Masonite attached to stretcher
20 x 24 in.
Purchased through the Miriam and Sidney Stoneman Acquisitions Fund; 2006.93

Although Jackson Pollock, like many great artists, was always reluctant to reveal any artistic influences on his work, it has long been known that he was powerfully affected by the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. In their Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Pollock published in 1989, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith unearth evidence that Pollock had, in 1936, traveled the three hundred miles by car from New York to Dartmouth College in the company of four others, his brother Sande, Bernie Steffen, Phil Goldstein (later known as Philip Guston), and Reginald Wilson (the biographers' source for the story). The image from the Orozco's The Epic of American Civilization that presumably impacted Pollock the most was the imposing and savage Gods of the Modern World (panel 17 in the cycle), as is obvious from Pollock's decision, sometime following his Dartmouth visit, to make the untitled painting now known as Bald Woman with Skeleton, newly acquired by the Hood. More a finished sketch than a finished painting, Bald Woman with Skeleton is a visceral, strongly conceived and executed work that probably dates to several years after the artist’s Dartmouth visit. It shares its antiwar cry with Orozco's attack on the false modern gods as well as Picasso's Guernica, the response to the Spanish Civil War that so influenced Pollock. Bald Woman with Skeleton may in fact have been his response to the outbreak of World War II, by which time Pollock would have completely absorbed the Orozco imagery and been able to remake it in a composition of his own design and intemperate emotion. In Bald Woman with Skeleton, the violent image reverses the presentation of the skeleton in Orozco's mural while adding a crouching bald-headed woman and changing the skeleton itself into something animal-like. The melee of carnage and chaos is ferocious and presided over by a birdlike shape possibly comprised of two bare-ribbed human bodies. There are echoes of the darkest paintings of great European Old Masters, including Bosch, Rubens, and Goya (especially his Black Paintings), but the style is uniquely Pollock, full of vigor, primary colors, and rapidly laid down paints. Interestingly, the serpent in the lower center is an obvious borrowing from the Dartmouth Orozco panel Snake and Spears, while the massed crowd of human figures encircling the woman and skeleton is reminiscent of the figures in the panel The Departure of Quetzalcoatl. While Bald Woman with Skeleton is not a classic later Pollock, it is certainly a vital part of his formative years. This significant acquisition is in superb condition, a striking and unforgettable image imagined and executed by one of the most original of all painters.

Coffin & Hay, American (Hammonton or Winslow, New Jersey), active about 1836-47
Flask with American eagle design, 1836-47
Olive amber non-lead glass
7 1/4 x 15 1/4 in.
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College; 2006.94

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Mother and Father and Their Seven Children, about 1930s
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.1

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Weldon Walley and Buddy Green, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.2

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Mother and Her Four Children, 1937
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.3

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Howard Williams, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.4

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Holt, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.5

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Bud and Grace Davis, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.6

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Norm and Nettie Trannol, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.7

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Three Brothers, about 1940
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.8

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Three Brothers, Two Wearing Overalls, One Slacks, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.9

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Possibly Mr. and Mrs. Truman Davis, about 1920s
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.10

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Bessie Utley and Gladys Morris, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.11

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Older Women in a Dark Dress with Her Arm around a Younger Woman, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.12

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Lela Smith, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.13

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Standing Woman in a Dress and White Shoes, 1943
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.14

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Smiling Woman Wearing a Striped Pinafore, Holding a Baby on Her Lap, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.15

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Sible Akins and Her Grandmother, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.16

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Edgar A. Stark, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.17

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Asia Webb, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.18

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Cara Lee and her Grandmother, 1938
Gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.19

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Alberta Garrett, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
3 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.20

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
A Baby Seated on a Table Wearing a Bonnet, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.21

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Randy Bufford, February 1956
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.22

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
A Mother in Puffed Sleeves Holding an Infant on Her Lap, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.23

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
A Smiling Woman, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 1/8 x 3 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.24

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Woman with Curled Hair Holding an Infant on Her Lap, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.25

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Tommie Smith, about 1935-38
Gelatin silver print
3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.26

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Smiling Young Woman Wearing Beads and Headpiece, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
5 1/8 x 3 1/8 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.27

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Smiling Woman Wearing a White Short Sleeved Shirt, about 1940
Gelatin silver print
4 3/8 x 3 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.28

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Pearling Hall and Hancel Williams, about 1930s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.29

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Howard Everett, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.30

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Earl Faust, 1934
Gelatin silver print
3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.31

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
W. Gottie Bufford Family, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.32

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
The Fraser Family, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.33

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Fred Endsley and Mary (Heigle) Hickman, about 1920s
Gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Harley and Stephen Osman, Class of 1956, Tuck 1957; 2006.95.34

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Group Portrait of Eleven People, Including a Navy Man, Four Women, and Six Children, Striped Background, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.1

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
The Glades Robey Family, about 1930s
Gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.2

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Man in a Sweater and White Shirt, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.3

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Bob Waters, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.4

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Bessie Needich and Irene Kelley, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.5

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Husband and Wife, Diamond Border, 1935-38
Gelatin silver print
3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.6

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Soldier in Uniform Hat with Rain Protector and His Wife, Striped Backdrop, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.7

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Man with Round Spectacles and a Woman in a Floral Dress, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.8

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Man in a Work Shirt, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.9

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
George Margan [Marsan?], about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.10

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Man Wearing Glasses and a Dark Suit with a Serious Expression, Striped Backdrop, October 1947
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.11

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Standing Young Woman Wearing a Sweater and Slacks, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.12

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Maxine Stokes, Seated Wearing a Sweater and Cross Necklace, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Ellen and Scott Osman, Class of 1980; 2006.96.13

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Willie Mae and Lyle Turner with Their Daughter Donna, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Kate and Bart Osman, Class of 1990, Tuck 1996; 2006.97.1

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Old Woman with her Hair in a Topknot, Floral Dress with White Collar, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
5 x 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Kate and Bart Osman, Class of 1990, Tuck 1996; 2006.97.2

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884-1959
Mill and Julian, about 1940s
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 in.
Gift of Ron Weiner; 2006.98

Last Updated: 11/9/11