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The Church Supper

Artist
James Baare Turnbull, American, 1909–1976
Date
1934
Material
Tempera on plywood
Made in
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Depicts
Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 333
Dimensions
36 1/4 × 30 5/16 in. (92.1 × 77 cm)
framed (sight): 45 1/4 × 39 1/2 in. (114.9 × 100.3 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. James Baare Turnbull
Rights
© Estate of James Baare Turnbull
Object Number
1894:1981
NOTES
Townspeople eat supper, converse with friends, rest, and feed table scraps to their pets in this depiction of a church social near St. Louis. James Baare Turnbull included a representation of himself at the right, leaning against a tree. Turnbull, like his friend Joe Jones, gained acclaim in the 1930s and 40s for his depictions of rural and small-town life in the Midwest, seen at the time as quintessentially American.
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