Untitled [Hospital Beds with Hell Hound]

Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980)
Tempera, graphite on window shade
Circa: 1965-1975 (n.d.)
Size: 17" (w) x 17" (h) sight
The front is composed of two families at hospital beds. The back, with a large Hell Hound, is a recent discovery found while considering a new mat board—now reframed to show both sides.

A former street preacher who became an artist, poet, and musician, Gertrude Morgan painted biblical themes to illustrate her gospel teachings.

Sister Gertrude Morgan worked with any available materials at hand when the "spirit" moved her—cardboard, window shades, styrofoam trays, plastic utensils, jelly glasses, blocks of wood, lamp shades, picture frames, her guitar case, and even the back of a "For Sale" sign placed in her yard by a real estate agent.

Several of Morgan’s works are part of the exhibit "Outliers and American Vanguard" organized by The National Gallery, and currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Additionally, her work is part of several museums including; American Folk Art Museum; Milwaukee Art Museum; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; and th.e New Jersey State Museum.

Provenance: Cavin-Morris Gallery; Ricco/Maresca Gallery; Larry Dumont Collection


Condition: Excellent. Relined with scattered toning throughout the black. Framed.

Price: $4,800.00

References: See video below and visit the National Gallery of Art's website.