Helen Wills (Tennis Players)
Justin McCarthy, American, 1892 - 1977
During the 1990s, the Museum began to form a collection of work by self-taught artists, with the intention of being able to display it in the context of the encyclopedic collections of painting, drawing, sculpture, and decorative arts (as opposed to showing self-taught art as an isolated artistic phenomenon). Thanks to a growing number of gifts of collections as well as gifts of individual works, the Museum's holdings are beginning to achieve in-depth representations of certain artists, such as Joseph Yoakum, Bill Traylor, and Justin McCarthy. Obsessed by movie stars, sports events, high fashion, and historical scenes, McCarthy's work is often characterized by inventive compositions in brilliant colors. The Museum now has twenty-nine of his works.