ARTWORK

Flannagan, A Beggar's Prayer for Healing
A Beggar’s Prayer for Healing

1922

Signed “F,” l.r.

Wood with gold inlay

23.5 x 8.5 x 1 inches (59.7 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm)

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Provenance:
E. A. Cunningham, New York City
James Graham & Sons, New York City
Private collection

Literature:
John B. Flannagan: Sculpture, Drawings, Paintings, Woodcuts, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, October 6 to November 10, 1963: “His subject matter during this period was deeply religious. His thoughts turned toward the medieval (he called it, ‘an Assisi point of view’), his wooden forms often taking an odd Gothic distortion and expressiveness.”
Forsyth, Robert J., John B. Flannagan: His Life and Works (Ph.D. diss.), University of Minnesota, 1965, pp. 107, 149, Footnote 35: “Flannagan’s ‘A Beggar Prayer for Healing’ (1922) is composed within a Gothic arch while his ‘Oaken Chest’ (1924/25) suggests forms and iconography closely allied to medieval examples.”

For similar works, see: “Relief for ‘Wax Painting,'” 1922, Wood, 29 x 17 inches. (Collection Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.).

Work by John B. Flannagan (1885-1942)