In At Home - Beginning, an illustration created in 1938
by African American printmaker Robert Blackburn,
A woman sits on a chair in a spare setting.
Beside a small table, she is mixing batter in a bowl.
The artist was a young man when he created it.
But the drawing is remarkable for its expression of core human values.
In an abstract vocabulary,
the shape of the woman's arms. The bowl.
The way her checked apron focuses the composition.
A perfectly rendered action.
The deft conveyance of the creation of nourishment
in a place of poverty.