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Title: Pepper Plant
Name: Print
Date: 1937
Period: Depression Era
Medium: Woodcut on paper
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (19.1 x 29.2 cm)
Signed: "Malletta Dean 1937" in pencil, lower right
Inscription: "Pepper Plant" in pencil, lower left
Classification: Prints and Printing Plates
Credit Line: Transfer from the Art and Design Department, Iowa State University. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM82.221
More Information
This print is a highly stylized woodcut of a potted pepper plant resting on a clothes surface. Dean graphically produces an image of bounty within the binds of a self-contained potted plant. Often during the Depression, stories of resilience and individualized prosperity were seen as fodder for those who had little. These success stories inspired others to think outside of the box and initiate means for self-contained preservation.

Dean was born in 1907 in Spokane, Washington and lived there until 1927. He then moved to San Francisco and enrolled in the California School of Fine Art. During the Depression, he was active in the WPA.
Published References: Other Collections: University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst