Art of this kind wasn't even collected by major "fine art" museums like this one until the 1930s. The artist, William Hawkins, titled the scene along the bottom. He was barely literate, but he definitely wanted us to know his name and the date he made the painting. He was born in rural Kentucky in 1895 but later lived in Ohio. He used inexpensive materials like paint from a hardware store, and his subject matter often came from photos in magazines, ads, and newspapers, combined with his own memories.
I see you've moved into that corner with work by self-taught artists! I like the way Hawkins always puts his name and other autobiographical information on his frames. His subject matter came from his own life and memories of his childhood in rural Kentucky.
Do you know how old he was when he painted this piece?
Well, he was born in 1895 (as we can tell by the frame) but we don't have an exact date for this work. Scholars say he began painting in the 1930s so he was at least middle-aged.