Edward Hicks (Attleboro, Pennsylvania, April 4, 1780 - August 23, 1849) was an American folk painter and distinguished minister of the Society of Friends. Calmness and peace, rather than abrupt action, characterise Hicks' compositions. Many of the shapes and forms in his work appear to be organic, flowing and soft. One must pay close attention to the gestures of individuals and animals in his paintings to derive meaning. Hicks uses small detail variations as a way to force a viewers to pay attention to content because they are deliberate and purposeful.
[Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 90.2 cm]