Francis Criss (American, 1901–1973) was critically acclaimed for his distinctive blend of Realism and abstraction. Alma Sewing is his most ambitious and striking work.
In its celebration of the artist as a worker, the painting is a quintessential 1930s expression, but it also makes a personal statement: a self-portrait appears in the lower half of the seamstress’s lamp. While Alma may be viewed as the artist’s model, Criss thoughtfully presents her as a skilled professional surrounded by the tools of her trade.
Learn more with Stephanie Heydt, the Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art, as she discusses this painting in the video. Alma Sewing is currently on view at the High in the Stent Family Wing, Third Level, Gallery 301. Reserve timed tickets here!