Singing Saints

Singing Saints


Sargent Johnson

(American, 1888-1967)

published by

San Francisco Chronicle

printed by

Ray Bertrand


Support: Warren's Olde Style ivory paper

Sheet: 46.8 x 30.2 cm (18 7/16 x 11 7/8 in.); Image: 35 x 23.5 cm (13 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

L. E. Holden Fund 2013.18

Impression: 40



Johnson, influenced by African sculpture, wanted to restore pride in African Americans' physiognomy, normally defiled and caricatured in popular media. Best known as a sculptor in the San Francisco area, Johnson began making prints in 1936 when he worked for the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project, which gave him access to printmaking facilities and instruction. In 1940 the San Francisco Chronicle began a program selling inexpensive lithographs, including Singing Saints, in an attempt to offer fine art to the public of the American West.

See also
PR - Lithograph
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
L. E. Holden Fund

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