A Wooden Parade

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American folk sculptors created some of the first artistic expressions in the colonies, but, unlike the painters, they continued to flourish in their craft into the twentieth century. The reason seems to be, as it was for portraitists before the camera, that there was a need for their services. For the carvers the need began earlier, and it lasted longer; their ranks were more diverse and their products more varied than those of the painter. They are colorful, naÖve, and vigorous works that are vital expressions of American imagination, inventiveness, and ingenuity.