Earl Cunningham

(Edgecombe, Maine, 1893 - 1977, St. Augustine, Florida)

Big Tree Park

c. 1965

Oil on fiberboard

16 x 24 in. (40.6 x 61.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of The Honorable Marilyn L. Mennello and Mr. Michael A. Mennello


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This idyllic view of humans’ relationship to the land in the past is related to the folk genre of memory painting—idealized views of bygone rural lifestyles. Perfection is here undermined by an ironic detail: the presence of the Indians who were dispossessed of this land by the white settlers.


Signed LL: "EARL Cunningham"

Folk Art
United States