By: Patrianne S., Paris B., Kelly L., Cierra A., Jamal C.
I chose this picture because of its rich background in the way NOMA acquired the piece. Degas painted this picture of his sister-in-law while he was stationed in New Orleans. NOMA acquired the painting by doing a citywide drive. In order to “Bring Estelle Home,” the whole community got involved; for example, children would place their spare change in a canister at school.
My personal reason for choosing the painting was because of how the painting got the whole city involved. Being that NOMA is always creating programs to get the city involved, “Bring Estelle Home,” portrayed how deep their passion for community involvement runs. This painting was during a time of hardship for Degas and Estelle Musson both.
I choose this art work because to me it shows the empowerment of women. As a mixed media artist, Gina allowed imagery, stories, and characters to influence her art work. I was captured by this piece of work because it also made me feel strong, powerful, and great. This piece shows me a different story about women through color that I've never imagined.
Nancy Stevenson Graves (multi-talented artist) was born in Masschusetts, Pittsfield.
Her father was an assistant of a Director at Berkshire Museum. The Berkshire Museum had art, history, and science which really influenced her work. At age 12 she pursued art. She attended Yale School of Art and Architecture, earning a Bachelors and Masters in Fine Arts.