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FREEING ART FROM WOOD: The Sculpture of Leslie Garland Bolling
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Reflecting a keen observation of the human body, Bolling’s sculptures of working people demonstrate an easy naturalism in their gestures and movement. Their arms swing, they shift their weight from one foot to another, they twist and turn. At the same time, the faces of these figures are universal, representing ordinary people going about their jobs.

Titles with an asterisk (*) were displayed in the exhibition at the Library of Virginia. The PDF symbol indicates catalog entries and images for works discovered after April 1, 2006. Click on the PDF symbol (Adobe PDF) to access the entries on these recent discoveries. Exhibited works known before that date are published in the catalog, Freeing Art from Wood: The Sculpture of Leslie Garland Bolling, available from the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia, or online.

This list of titles was compiled from exhibition pamphlets and catalogs, published reviews and articles, and correspondence.

 Working People
At WorkAt WorkAdobe PDF
1937
Courtesy of the Poehler Family in memory of Raymond Poehler. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Aunt MondayAunt Monday*
1932
Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Antrim. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Brunswick StewBrunswick Stew*
1930s
Courtesy of John M. Camp, Jr. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
 Cooking on Saturday
Ca. 1937
Cousin–on–FridayCousin–on–Friday*
1935
Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, gift of Alexander D. Weddell, 1944.2.1. Photography by Katherine Wetzel
 Dry Cleaning
1930s
Fish ManFish Man  Adobe PDF
1935
Courtesy of Steve and Jackie Coleman. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Ice ManIce Man*
1937
Courtesy of Hilary Ward Schnadt and Clarence D. Schnadt. Photography by James Fraher
JanitorJanitor*
1940
Courtesy of the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts, San Antonio
 Mama on Wednesday [Sewing]
1935
 Market Woman
Ca. 1932
 On Thursday–Gossip
Ca. 1936
 Parson on Sunday
Ca. 1937
 Puffed Sleeves
Ca. 1935
Quilt MakingQuilt Making*
1930s
Courtesy of John M. Camp, Jr. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Red CapRed Cap
Ca. 1937
Saver of SolesSaver of Soles*
1941
Courtesy of Carol Hoffman. Photography by Suzanne Van Bylevelt
ShopperShopper*
1933
Courtesy of R. Clark and Barbara Gillett. Photography by Jim Cawthorne, Camera One
Sister Tuesday [Ironing]Sister Tuesday [Ironing]*
1934
Courtesy of Carol Hoffman. Photography by Suzanne Van Bylevelt
 Soap Making
Ca. 1940
Sowin’ SeedSowin’ Seed*
1941
Courtesy of Michael L. Sanyour, Jr. Photography by Fred Pfaff
 Woman Churning
1938
Woman CookingWoman CookingAdobe PDF
1942
Courtesy of Bill Robinson. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Woman ShoppingWoman Shopping*
1930s
Courtesy of Avis E. Holmes, Patty D. Brown, and Reuben B. Greene. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
Worker’s HandWorker’s Hand*
Ca. 1934
Courtesy of the Valentine Richmond History Center. Photography by Pierre Courtois, LVA
WorkmanWorkman
Ca. 1935
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