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Foundation purchase, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions
Using a palette of neutral earth tones the image shows two figures leaning down, ropes stretched tight behind them as they pull an unseen boat up river. "Mu Nu" means "mother" and "daughter" in Chinese and reveals the toiling figures as female. The women's faces are obscured so that we just see the silhouettes of their hunched bodies struggling with what is traditionally a man's job.