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Still-Life: Past Revisited

In this monumental still life, Eldzier Cortor portrayed objects that evoke the lives of Americans, especially African Americans, from the 1920s through the 1960s. Twenty-three years after he painted Still-Life: Past Revisited, Cortor wrote: “This still life was painted at a reflective...

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Provenance

Until 1995, collection of the artist; by October 1995, with Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York; October 1995, sold by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley Fund, and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection

Copyright

© Eldzier Cortor; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

1973

Dimensions

152.4 x 167.6 cm (60 x 66 in.)

Accession Number

2011.1821

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Americas

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Paintings