Smithsonian American Art Museum

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A rock concert inspired artist Debra Baxter to create her “Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles” series. This one, a lefty, is on view at our @americanartmuseum’s #RenwickGallery, which is home to the museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art.

Debra Baxter, “Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles (Lefty),“ 2015, quartz crystal and sterling silver. Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist in honor of Joanna and David Baxter © 2015, Debra Baxter

Eastman Johnson (1824-1906)
“The Lord is My Shepherd” (1863)
Oil on wood
Realism
Located in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, United States

The title of the painting comes from Psalm 23, which begins with the line: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Johnson painted it just after the Emancipation Proclamation was announced in 1863. Its imagery includes an African-American man reading the first part of a Bible, possibly the Book of Exodus. He is sitting against a blue jacket, which may indicate service in the Union army. President Abraham Lincoln had recently authorized organization of the United States Colored Troops.

Eastman Johnson (1824-1906)
“The Girl I Left Behind Me” (1872)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, United States

The painting’s title refers to an old Irish song that became a popular regimental ballad during the Civil War. Johnson’s viewers might have recalled the lyrics:

My mind her full image retains
Whether asleep or awaken’d
hope to see my jewel again
For her my heart is breaking.