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Untitled (Purple Fish)

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Untitled (Purple Fish)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Nellie Mae Rowe
American, 1900–1982

Date

1978–1982

Medium

Crayon, gouache, and pencil on paper

Accession #

2003.140

Dimensions

27 1/2 x 32 3/4 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

The fish was another commonly featured animal in the art of Nellie Mae Rowe. Rowe was a devout Christian, so the fish may symbolize her dedication as a follower of Christ. The fullness of Rowe’s fish might also refer to pregnancy and procreation, in accordance to the Mandé creation myth of southern Mali in which the ancient cosmos birthed twin fish. Although she had no children, she was very fond of them, and often called her handmade dolls her children.

Credit

Gift of Judith Alexander

Image Copyright

(c) Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta