Jul 29, 2022
Jul 29, 2022



c. 1958

Beauford Delaney

(American, 1901–1979)

Oil on canvas

146.1 x 114.3 cm (57 1/2 x 45 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 2022.92

Did you know?

Delaney was a very good friend and inspirational mentor to writer James Baldwin.


Believing in the power of color to communicate emotions and symbolize ideas, Beauford Delaney loved yellow for its associations of light, healing, and spiritual radiance. In works such as Untitled, he created a sense of happiness and uplift even when his personal circumstances were challenging. Born in the racially segregated southern United States, the artist eventually relocated to Paris during the early 1950s, hoping to live and work more freely as a queer Black man.

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