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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Paint on wood
32 x 24 inches
Collection of
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco museum purchase American Art Trust Fund and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

According to Southern tradition, figures with open arms often represent worshippers, and this glowing yellow figure with a halo like aura appears to be suffused with the spirit of worship and enlightenment. The being’s garment resembles the billowing robes worn by members of the clergy or of a gospel choir. In with incarnation, it it seems to sing the praises of religion. —Lauren Palmor