"It's beautiful here tonight", she thought. "No matter where you go, you can't get away from beauty. But, heavens, what a lot I've had to go through to be able to recognize it."
Date: 1923
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 27 3/4 × 35 1/2 in. (70.5 × 90.2 cm) frame: 32 3/4 × 40 3/16 in. (83.2 × 102.1 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Making a Man of Him," by Bernice Brown, in The Ladies Home Journal, October 1923.
Credit Line: Bequest of Alene Hoskins, 1978
Object Number: 1978-676
About: In a reversal of the common theme of heading West for adventure, this story portrays Aida Sparks, a waitress in a rural restaurant, who sacrifices all she has, including a gold watch, for the man she loves, so that he can escape the harsh Minnesota prairie and travel East. Here she recognizes the beauty of the expansive plains while recalling the bleakness of her life.
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