1935-1938. Six original paintings, all signed by the artist, Cherry Barr Jerry. This set of paintings vividly depicts six different puppets, each with caricatured features reminiscent of the traditional style of Punch and Judy: rosy cheeks, mitten-hands, and large eyes and mouths. The six images display a nurse with an infant, a jester, Santa Claus, two boys, and an African-American woman. The artist worked with a variety of media throughout her career, delving into embroidery, sketches with charcoal, and other forms of decorative art. Her efforts grew out of her role as an art instructor in Racine, Wisconsin, operating under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project program. Jerry's husband acted as director of the Racine Art Museum, then known as the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. The paintings represent the beginning of a period in which art was a relief effort rather than a cultural touchstone.
Each piece is housed in blue and beige matting and framed in gold. Some soiling to edges of images, minor wear to frames, else fine. (Three paintings measure 16 by 13 1/2 in. [406x343mm] in a 24 1/2 by 22-in. [622x559mm] frame. The other three measure 17 by 12 in. [432x305mm] in a 25 1/2 by 20 1/2-in. [648x521mm] frame). Item #27685