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The Great Pumpkin

20th Century
14 7/8 x 39 in. (37.8 x 99.1 cm)

Corita (aka Sister Mary Corita Kent), American, (1918–1986)
Published by International Graphic Arts Society (IGAS), American, (c. 1950–1973?)

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Color Serigraph
Accession Number: 67-G-114
About the Artist:

Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. At age 18 she entered the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, eventually teaching in and then heading up the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Her work evolved from figurative and religious to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature. Throughout the ‘60s, her work became increasingly political, urging viewers to consider poverty, racism, and injustice. In 1968 she left the order and moved to Boston. After 1970, her work evolved into a sparser, introspective style, influenced by living in a new environment, a secular life, and her battles with cancer. She remained active in social causes until her death in 1986. At the time of her death, she had created almost 800 serigraph editions, thousands of watercolors, and innumerable public and private commissions.
- from The Corita Art Center,

About the print:

"Contrary to most of her recent prints, The Great Pumpkin is closer to abstract expressionism than to "pop" art. Nevertheless, the artist says that 'this print could have been motivated by R.L. Short's The Gospel According to Peanuts but for the fact that it happened before the book.' According to Short, the story of the pumpkin is 'that classic advent experience... in which the 'expected one' appeared, but was not actually the one expected.'"
- Paul m. Laporte, Professor of Art, Immaculate Heart College (Published in International Graphic Arts Society, subscription catalogue, series #72, January, 1967).
Current Location: In Storage


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