Jun 6, 2018
Jun 6, 2018
Jun 6, 2018

Sandy and Her Husband

Sandy and Her Husband


Emma Amos

(American, 1937-2020)

Oil on canvas

112.4 x 127.6 cm (44 1/4 x 50 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2018.24


On view at:

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 9, 2021 - Jan 17, 2022

Did you know?

The image of the young woman behind the couple is a self-portrait of Amos titled Flower Sniffer (1966), in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.


For nearly six decades, Emma Amos has made paintings, prints, and textiles that explore African American identity and culture, often celebrating women’s presence within that heritage. One of Amos’s most significant paintings from the 1970s, Sandy and Her Husband shows the artist’s affinity for color and patterned textiles, which frame the work’s layered narrative. The dancing couple at the center of the painting is joined by Amos herself: the artist inserted her image into the composition by reproducing an earlier self-portrait, Flower Sniffer (1966), which hangs on the wall behind the couple. In this passage she reverts to an earlier painting style in which her figures were less naturalistic. Amos thus asserts her presence within the composition—even engaging the viewer through her direct gaze—yet she is peripheral to the scene, unseen or ignored by the dancers.


Sandy and Her Husband
See also
CONTEMP - Painting
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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