Art of the Month Club: Suzanne Silitch
The Art of the Month Club is a regular feature of the WCMA blog. Each month we invite someone special to write about a work from our collection. Find your own favorite WCMA artwork by searching our collection database. You never know, we may invite you to be the next Art of the Month Club member. Today, please welcome Suzanne Silitch, Associate Director of Communications for the Arts at Williams.
When I see Twilight Toil, 1943 by American artist Allen Lewis, I think of all those who have come before me to prepare the soil for planting. This elegant woodcut evokes the cool evening air of April, as a jacket-clad farmer walks behind his plow horse, readying his fields under the sliver of a waning April moon.
I love my vegetable garden but it is backbreaking work. Spring comes late at an elevation of 2,172 feet, up on Florida Mountain where I live. After a hard winter, the extra long days of April call to me to come outside.
I always say yes; and my body always complains with pain at work the following day. Muscles I haven’t used since last year ache from shoveling dirt, hauling rocks, and preparing the garden beds for sowing. I am often still outside working to prepare the garden at 8:00 p.m., when dusk falls and the spring moon rises.
Above image: Allen Lewis (American, 1873-1957), Twilight Toil, 1943, color woodcut on paper. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Gifford M. Lloyd.