Date of Award

Fall 1-5-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Emily Braun

Second Advisor

Katherine Manthorne

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


This thesis explores the work of Rebecca Salsbury James and its contributions to the development of interwar modernism in the United States. Using mediums traditionally employed by folk artists, reverse painting on glass and the colcha stitch, James expressed her interest in quality and simplicity with a proto-feminist sensibility.



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