Cumberland Woman with Baby1915-1919 by James Roy Hopkins

Hopkins also became known for a series of paintings executed between 1915 and 1919. These works, in which he depicted Appalachian farmers, traveling preachers, and children living in the Kentucky mountains south of Cincinnati, are departures from his decorative form of Impressionism. Some of the earliest examples of Regionalist painting in the 20th century, these works anticipated those of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry, who also painted the impoverished rural folk of America's heartland.
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Hopkins depicts the values and ties that bind the Appalachian family. “Cumberland Woman with Baby” portrays a mother whose uplifted eyes punctuate her long suffering sober expression. The small bundled child is quietly nestled but not embraced in her arms.
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