Mark Cole Associate Curator of American Painting and Sculpture
Aaron Douglas (American, 1899-1979)
oil on Masonite, Framed: 124.5 x 94 x 3.8 cm (49 x 37 x 1 7/16 in.); Unframed: 121.9 x 91.5 cm (47 15/16 x 36 in.). John L. Severance Fund and Gift of Prof. and Mrs. David C. Driskell 2005.181
Look closely at the surface of this painting. Douglas chose to paint this composition on Masonite, which was created by pressure molding wood fibers. A relatively new material at the time this was painted, Masonite is smooth on one side and textured on the other. If you look closely you can see that Douglas chose the textured side for his painting.
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