Study for Aspects of Negro Life: The Negro in an African Setting

A work made of gouache, with touches of graphite, on illustration board.

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  • A work made of gouache, with touches of graphite, on illustration board.

Date:

1934

Artist:

Aaron Douglas
American, 1899-1979

About this artwork

Aaron Douglas, an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance, made this finished study for the first of five murals intended for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library. The murals depict the history of African Americans, from their origins in Africa to life in America in the 1930s. Through his use of Egyptian profiles and elements of African art, Douglas utilized a hybrid Western-African aesthetic also seen in works by artists like Pablo Picasso.

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Artist

Aaron Douglas

Title

Study for Aspects of Negro Life: The Negro in an African Setting

Origin

United States

Date

1934

Medium

Gouache, with touches of graphite, on illustration board

Dimensions

372 x 406 mm

Credit Line

Solomon Byron Smith and Margaret Fisher funds

Reference Number

1990.416

Extended information about this artwork

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