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Helen Wills (Tennis Players)

Justin McCarthy, American, 1892 - 1977

Made in United States, North and Central America

Date unknown

Watercolor and blue-black ink on cream wove paper, mounted on black cardboard with green opaque watercolor

Sheet: 8 3/4 x 11 11/16 inches (22.2 x 29.7 cm) Mount: 11 1/8 x 13 7/8 inches (28.3 x 35.2 cm)

Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Nancy Green Karlins and Mark Thoman, 2002

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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.