Essay on Joseph Contributions Of Joseph Cornell

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Joseph Cornell (December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was born in Nyack, NY to parents that came from socially prominent families. His father was a well-to-do designer and merchant of textiles and his mother had trained as a kindergarten teacher. Unfortunately, his father died when he was just 14 years old and left a strain financially on his family. They soon after moved to Queens in New York City. Joseph had attended 3 ½ years at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, but he never graduated. Joseph had 3 siblings. One brother had been rendered physically impaired by cerebral palsy. Joseph spent most of his life in a small, wooden-frame house on Utopia Parkway in a working-class area of Flushing, providing and caring for his mother and disabled brother. He rarely traveled outside of this area.
Joseph was very wary of strangers and shy. His shyness made it very difficult to have any form of romantic relationships and he never married. He did enjoy the company of woman, and had numerous relationships with ballerinas who thought him unique, but strange. He devoted much of his life to caring for his brother, and this also led to his reclusiveness where he became a self-taught artist.
He had several jobs throughout his life ranging from wholesale fabric salesman to a door to door appliance salesman. He also did a stint in a plant nursery and a defense plant. He lived a rather poor life, and his 20’s were spent in the midst of the Great Depression. He also…

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