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Sister Tuesday

A work made of painted poplar.

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  • A work made of painted poplar.




Leslie G. Bolling (American, 1898–1958)

About this artwork

Sister Tuesday is one of a series of seven sculptures by self-taught artist Leslie Bolling; each one is a sensitive rendition of the daily labors of Black men and women. He hand carved figures in soft poplar wood, here adding gold pigment to suggest the metallic surface of bronze. Although he considered his practice a hobby, Bolling’s work drew the attention of art world critics and patrons of the Harlem Renaissance. He exhibited throughout the 1930s, and in 1938 helped found and taught at the Craig House Art Center. The center was a New Deal–funded community organization in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and the only one in the segregated South open to Black Americans.


On View, Gallery 161


Arts of the Americas


Leslie G. Bolling


Sister Tuesday


United States (Object made in)

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Painted poplar


Titled recto, bottom-left, incised: "Sister Tuesday". Signed and dated verso, bottom-right, incised: "L.G. Bolling/3-10-34".


30.4 × 19.4 × 12.9 cm (12 × 7 11/16 × 5 1/8 in.)

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Through prior acquisition of the George F. Harding Collection; purchased with funds provided by Charles C. Haffner III

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