Wednesday, January 20, 2021

At US Capital, a New President and Vice President Greet 1859 Painting of Rainbow by Black Cincinnatian

Robert S. Duncanson's Landscape with Rainbow (1859), from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Smithsonian American Art Museum
In a US Capitol gift-giving ceremony following the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr, Congressional representatives today presided over the presentation of an 1859 painting by a Black artist from Ohio that seems to depict a moment of hope. The work, Robert S. Duncanson’s Landscape With Rainbow, was borrowed from the Smithsonian American Art Museum under First Lady Jill Biden’s guidance and was proffered to Biden at the Capitol this afternoon by Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican. In addition to President Biden and Dr Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff were in attendance. Blunt described Duncanson as “the best known African-American painter during the years of the Civil War”. [More