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Minnie Evans

(Pender County, North Carolina, 1892 - 1987, Wilmington, North Carolina)

Untitled [Winged animal and devil with snakes]

1966

Oil, graphite, and ink on paper

11 x 13 3/4 in. (27.9 x 35.1 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Purchased with funds from the Museum Acquisition Fund in memory of Honorary Trustee Jean Palmer Wade

1993.7

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Evans, an African-American, enjoyed combining images and tales from different cultures and races. In this drawing, her angels have blond hair and pale skin combined with distinctly African-American features. The subject is hard to define, but it may represent the triumph of Heaven over Hell. A God or Christ-like figure with Asian features, flanked by flowers and angels, smiles down at beasts and devils. Evans suggests that salvation is possible for all of God’s creatures.

Marks

signed in paint"Minnie Evans" in LR

Keywords
Monster
Dream
African American
Snakes
Angels
Folk Art
Imaginary creatures
Eye
Devil
Rainbow
Mythology
United States
Sky