May Stevens' paintings weave themes of familial love and loss, societal ills, and the healing power of nature and the human community. This book surveys the full range of her remarkable lifework, from her early social protest paintings to her recent series of luminous, large-format images of lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. Patricia Hills offers an insightful, in-depth look at Stevens' career, drawing on her own recollections and rounded out by informed commentary. Images and text bring to light Stevens' personal history, her humanitarian concerns, and the social context within which her art evolved.
Selected images in the book: Green Fields, 1988-1989 (cover); The Living Room, 1967; But That Was in Another Country, 1990; Missing Persons, 1990-1993; River Run, 1994; Big Daddy Paper Doll, 1970 (back cover); Big Daddy Draped, 1971; Pax Americana, 1973; The Artist's Studio (After Courbet), 1974; Fore River, 1983; Go Gentle, 1983; The Canal, 1988.
About the Author
Patricia Hills is a noted art scholar. Her previous books include Stuart Davis (Abrams, 1996) and Alice Neel (Abrams, 1983). She is currently writing a book about the art of Jacob Lawrence.
Introductory essay by Phyllis Rose, writer and professor of English at Wesleyan University.