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William H. Johnson: An American Modern

Teresa G. Gionis (Editor), with contributions by Richard J. Powell, Lowery Stokes Sims, Leslie King-Hammond, Aaron Bryant, David C. Driskell

An essential figure in modern American art, William H. Johnson (1901-1970) was a virtuoso skilled in various media and techniques, who produced thousands of works over a career that spanned decades, continents, and genres. In this lavishly illustrated book, some of the world's premier scholars of Johnson and African American art history examine the artist’s genius and present his work in fresh new ways. This volume considers paintings from the collection of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, that show the pivotal stages in Johnson's career as a modernist painter of post-impressionist and expressionist works reminiscent of Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Soutine, and the vernacular paintings in which he articulates his specific, unforgettable voice as an artist.
60 Color illustrations/16 BW Photos

120 pages
8” x 10” Published 2011



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