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Marking exodus: Death and funerals in the religious paintings of Clementine Hunter. Laura Kathryn Lilley

Marking exodus: Death and funerals in the religious paintings of Clementine Hunter.

Laura Kathryn Lilley

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ISBN : 9780549535768
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Previous scholarship on artist Clementine Hunter of Natchitoches, Louisiana, has been predominantly biographical and stylistic. Through analysis of her religious scenes, I propose that Hunters paintings concerning death reflect concepts of exodusMorePrevious scholarship on artist Clementine Hunter of Natchitoches, Louisiana, has been predominantly biographical and stylistic. Through analysis of her religious scenes, I propose that Hunters paintings concerning death reflect concepts of exodus that have influenced Christianity and its practice since its beginning. Considering specifically Hunters mid-1970s Frenchie Goin to Heaven, I explore ideas of exodus first through the concept of death as a doorway or transitional space, an association that extends back historically to the Early Christian period. I then link the theme of exodus to the variety of religious influences apparent in Hunters work, considering especially her depictions of angels, baptisms, and the possible influence of African-American connections between exodus, death, and baptism. These conceptual and historical considerations provide new ways of discussing the complexity of Hunters work, whether intended by Hunter or not, that place her work in a continuum of religious thought both mainstream and idiosyncratic.