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The Spirit of Humanity: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Reid produced this compelling charcoal and pastel drawing in response to the staggering human tragedy of the Great San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, a natural disaster that killed more than 3,000 and leveled much of the city. A founding member of the Ten American Painters, Reid commonly created works that featured figurative allegories such as this personification of the Spirit of Humanity, here portrayed as a benevolent goddess cradling a sleeping infant while comforting a distraught mother. Reid's drawing was first exhibited in New York as part of an organized relief effort to benefit the survivors of the devastating earthquake and subsequent fires.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 11, 2009