New to the collection: Day Remembered

Historic Arkansas Museum - Monday, June 01, 2015

This recent addition to the museum’s permanent collection, Day Remembered (1955)by Carroll Cloar, is a study drawing for the painting that now resides in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.Cloar (1913 – 1993) was born on a cotton farm outside the small Delta town of Earle, Arkansas. He is considered a regionalist and his artwork is highly influenced by his childhood in rural Arkansas.

Day Remembered (1955) by Carroll Cloar

Study Drawing

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council purchase

Cloar left Arkansas to go to college at Southwestern in Memphis. He later studied art in Memphis and New York, and traveled quite a bit. Eventually, he settled in Memphis—just 30 miles from his hometown inspiration which he visited every Christmas.

The images in Cloar’s paintings represent a specific time and place in rural America while offering such universal and relatable themes as birth, childhood, isolation, celebration, hope and death. And while Cloar’s work is included in the collections of local and regional institutions, it holds national prominence and has a place in the collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum.