THE FORGOTTEN MAN

June 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Posted in DeLand & Volusia County, Paintings | Leave a comment

THE FORGOTTEN MAN

Watercolor painting by Wm. J. Carpenter, 1934

The Forgotten Man
By
Wm. J. Carpenter
Painted in DeLand, Florida, 1934.  7 X 10 1/4 inches.

It is likely that when the artist created this painting in 1934 he was expressing his personal feelings after a particularly depressing Christmas in 1933 and the ensuing months.  We know he pictured himself as one of the forgotten after he had lost everything he had during the big financial bust of the late 1920s and the difficult  years of the Great Depression.

 This is one of the few paintings by Mr. Carpenter in the collection in which such personal emotion is expressed.  The majority of them appear as illustrations of his architectural buildings, or Florida floras and scenics which are accurate depictions of the scenes, but mostly of the landscape type.

 The idea for the use of “The UnForgotten Man” as an umbrella title for my documentation of Mr. Carpenter’s life and works came to me after realizing the significance of this painting. The play on the title and theme of this painting seemed most apropos for the story of his life as I documented it.  Let us hope that he does indeed become

The UN Forgotten Man.

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