Sunday, June 24, 2018

Minnie Holsinger, The Farmer's Wife 30, Robert Riggs

This is blog #30 of my on-going series sharing pages from the scrap book of Minnie Holsinger, which she compiled in the 30s and 40s while she and Grandfather Charlie Holsinger were scrimping and saving to buy a farm.
This image is a cover to Country Gentleman Magazine from the late 30’ or the early 40’s. The line under the image say’s “PAINTED BY ROBERT RIGS FOR THE COUNTRY GENTLEMAN COLLECTION OF MODERN AMERICAN PAINTERS”
My cursory initial search turned up this fascinating article on Riggs. Here’s the link:

I had assumed this painting was by John De Martelly until I read the by-line. It has a similar quality of mythic iconic simplicity as De Martelly, but gives a false impression of Riggs overall work which seems more homoerotic. I am reminded of Paul Cadmus, an American artist of the same period who’s work was somewhat more overtly queer.

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