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The Spirit of Humanity: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Date

2001-10-02

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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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 11, 2009