By Romare Bearden, Harry Henderson
A landmark murals heritage: lavishly illustrated and notable for its thoroughness, A heritage of African-American Artists -- conceived, researched, and written via the nice American artist Romare Bearden with journalist Harry Henderson, who accomplished the paintings after Bearden's dying in 1988 -- supplies a conspectus of African-American artwork from the past due eighteenth century to the current. It examines the lives and careers of greater than fifty sign African-American artists, and the relation in their paintings to triumphing creative, social, and political tendencies either in the US and in the course of the world.
Beginning with a thorough reevaluation of the enigma of Joshua Johnston, a overdue eighteenth-century portrait painter largely assumed by way of historians to be one of many earliest identified African-American artists, Bearden and Henderson cross directly to learn the careers of Robert S. Duncanson, Edward M. Bannister, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglas, Edmonia Lewis, Jacob Lawrence, Hale A. Woodruff, Augusta Savage, Charles H. Alston, Ellis Wilson, Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Horace Pippin, Alma W. Thomas, and plenty of others.
Illustrated with greater than 420 black-and-white illustrations and sixty one colour reproductions -- together with rediscovered classics, works now not extant, and artwork by no means prior to obvious during this nation -- A historical past of African-American Artists is a beautiful success.
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