TITLE

CAROLINE SHAWK BROOKS

AUTHOR(S)
Simpson, Pamela H.
PUB. DATE
May 2007
SOURCE
Woman's Art Journal;Spring/Summer2007, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article describes a bas-relief portrait of "Dreaming Iaolanthe," by Caroline Shawk Brooks, which was displayed at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The medium used by the artist for the sculpture was butter. Historians have treated the work as a campy form of folk art and usually dismissed it as an example of Victorian sentimentality coupled with strangely innovative, ephemeral material. A personal background of Brooks is presented. The work gained so much interest at the Centennial that the officials invited Brooks to demonstrate her butter sculpting technique in the main exhibit building.
ACCESSION #
25555935

 

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