William H. Johnson: An American Modern

William H Johnson An American Modern My aim is to express in a natural way what I feel what is in me both rhythmically and spiritually all that which in time has been saved up in my family of primitiveness and tradition and which is

  • Title: William H. Johnson: An American Modern
  • Author: Teresa G. Gionis Richard J. Powell Lowery Stokes Sims Leslie King-Hammond Aaron Bryant Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780295991481
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • My aim is to express in a natural way what I feel, what is in me, both rhythmically and spiritually, all that which in time has been saved up in my family of primitiveness and tradition, and which is now concentrated in me William H JohnsonAn essential figure in modern American art, William H Johnson 1901 1970 was a virtuoso skilled in various media and techniques, My aim is to express in a natural way what I feel, what is in me, both rhythmically and spiritually, all that which in time has been saved up in my family of primitiveness and tradition, and which is now concentrated in me William H JohnsonAn essential figure in modern American art, William H Johnson 1901 1970 was a virtuoso skilled in various media and techniques, who produced thousands of works over a career that spanned decades, continents, and genres This volume considers paintings from the collection of Morgan State University in Balti, Maryland, that show the pivotal stages in Johnson s career as a modernist painter of post impressionist and expressionist works reminiscent of Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Soutine, and the vernacular paintings in which he articulates his specific, unforgettable voice as an artist.In this lavishly illustrated book, some of the world s premier scholars of William H Johnson and African American art history examine the artist and his artistic genius in fresh new ways, including his relationship with one of his earliest patrons, the Harmon Foundation the critical role played by scholars at the nation s historically black colleges and universities the context of Johnson s experiences living in Harlem and his deep southern roots and Johnson as a trailblazer in the genres of still life and landscape painting.

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    1. Terrific painter--and a very Modern one--from the Harlem Renaissance era. Johnson developed his own faux-naive expressionism, and is a master of color and design--very deceptively complex. Much of his material is African American--juke joint scenes, outdoor baptisms, chain gangs. He could paint more traditional landscapes, too, and his painting of a hotel in the South (where, while painting, he was arrested for vagrancy--oy) may remind you of Chagall's work. Highly recommended. The spirit of his [...]

    2. I enjoyed the book- I wanted more of a picture book and coffee table work of William Johnson's artwork because I am such a fan but I liked the way the book divided his artwork into style and time frames. Nicely bound paperback and the pictures that are in there were great.

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