Art Abstracts: Walker Evans

Art Abstracts

With over 17,000 objects in the museum’s permanent collection, there are many amazing works that visitors rarely get to see. Take a peek into the vaults and off the walls each Monday with a new Art Abstract!


Painted Doorway of “French Opera” Barber Shop on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Painted Doorway of French Opera Barber Shop on Bourbon Street New Orleans Louisiana

IMAGE CREDIT | Painted Doorway of “French Opera” Barber Shop on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1935 | Walker Evans, U.S., 1903-1975 | Gelatin silver print, 16×20 in. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma | Purchase, 1973

Walker Evans is best known for his work during the Great Depression with the Resettlement Administration and the Farm Securities Administration Historical Section. He achieved acclaim several years later for his work with James Agee on the 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which chronicled the lives of rural Alabamans during the Depression.

Evans shot Painted Doorway of “French Opera” Barber Shop on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana while on assignment from the Farm Securities Administration. Drawn to the architecture of the city, he employed the straight documentary style for which he would become known. Evans clearly took an interest in the pattern surrounding the barber shop and the ornament of Bourbon Street architecture, yet seemed to be disinterested in the famous culture of the city.

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