Apr 10, 2006




Charles L. Sallée

(American, 1911–2006)

Etching and aquatint

Platemark: 24.7 x 19.8 cm (9 3/4 x 7 13/16 in.); Sheet: 30.5 x 25.5 cm (12 x 10 1/16 in.)

Gift of John Puskas 1994.274



Sallée, who in 1933 became the first African American to graduate from the Cleveland School of Art (now the Cleveland Institute of Art), specialized in portraiture, a genre in which he excelled. "Some people are an inspiration," the artist disclosed, and that must have included Anna, whom he portrayed sympathetically. Sallée not only accurately described the sitter’s physiognomy, but he also revealed her personality, creating a mood. Anna, her face framed by a pert hat and the collar of a pale coat, looks out, smiling slightly, in this portrait of an intelligent and confident young woman.

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PR - Etching
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Gift of John Puskas

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