This, My Brother

A work made of oil on canvas.
© The Charles White Archives

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1942

Artist:

Charles White
American, 1918–1979

About this artwork

Like many artists of his generation, Chicagoan Charles White believed that art could be an influential force in the struggle to promote racial equality for African Americans, stating, “Paint is the only weapon I have with which to fight what I resent.” He addressed the quest for dignity and freedom in This, My Brother, which takes its title from a poem by John Rood about a rural miner who experiences a political awakening. In the painting, the man appears to break free from a mountain of rubble, alluding to White’s hope that social change could be realized.

On View

American Art, Gallery 263

Artist

Charles White

Title

This, My Brother

Origin

United States

Date

1942

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower right: Charles White 42

Dimensions

61 × 91.4 cm (24 × 36 in.)

Credit Line

Pauline Palmer Prize Fund

Reference Number

1999.224

Copyright

© The Charles White Archives

Extended information about this artwork

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