Support: Wove paper
Sheet: 66.3 x 50.4 cm (26 1/8 x 19 13/16 in.); Image: 54.8 x 47.1 cm (21 9/16 x 18 9/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2001.51
© Estate of John Woodrow Wilson / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Wilson reveals his interest in the human condition and his extraordinary talent for achieving dark tonalities and sculptural effects through images of African American life. A recurring theme is the portrayal of parents and children in loving, protective poses, suggesting universal values. The oversized hands and large scale reflect the impact of Wilson’s experience during a fellowship in Mexico City in the early 1950s; there he was attracted to the powerful imagery of Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera.
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