Loose rendering of a woman dressed in a blouse skirt and sweater, with her purse in her lap and sitting in a folding chair. Yellow and green wash background. Weight of the World(1967) is a quiet and sensitive portrayal of a black woman contemplating the burdens that many women face. The watercolor depicts a black woman sitting on a folding chair that one might find in a church basement. She is dressed in a simple but formal attire: a skirt, a handbag, a blouse buttoned to the neck and a cardigan draped over her shoulders. She rests her chin on her hand and gazes blankly off into space while contemplating her troubles. Her closed posture reflects her mood. No context distracts the viewer from the frame, focusing attention on the subject.


  • Title: Weight of the World
  • Creator: Earl Hill
  • Date Created: 1967
  • Provenance: Generously donated by Bank of America Corporation
  • Rights: Copyright held by the artist's estate
  • Medium: Watercolor

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