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The Bat

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The Bat

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Clarence John Laughlin
American, 1905–1985

Date

1940

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

1981.93

Dimensions

19 5/8 × 15 3/8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

The Bat was modeled by Laughlin’s wife, Elizabeth Heintzen, posing in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. Heintzen stands as the mysterious central figure within the catacombs, draped all in black. Her head is hidden as she clings to the cracks in the walls at her sides. Laughlin described the symbols behind this piece: “In the abbey of make-believe, the image of hypocrisy appropriately appears concealing its head as with those who hypocritically hide their heads from the facts they don’t want to acknowledge.”

Credit

Gift of Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection

Image Copyright

(c) The Historic New Orleans Collection