Saturday, May 16, 2015

Aaron Douglas paintings go to the Met Museum of Art and the National Gallery

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Radny Kennedy
Aaron Douglas’s “The Judgment Day” will be at the National Gallery of Art. Credit All Rights Reserved, Aaron Douglas/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, National Gallery of Art, Washington
NEW YORK---For many American museums, the Harlem Renaissance painter Aaron Douglas (1898-1979) is an almost Vermeer-like figure, whose shadowy, graphically powerful depictions of African-American themes appear so rarely on the market that when canvases surface, curators pounce. And that is exactly what the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington did recently. Each institution has acquired one of his major paintings, which were sold by a private collector who had purchased them from Douglas himself the year before his death. [link]
“Let My People Go” was acquired by the Met. Credit All Rights Reserved, Aaron Douglas/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art