William H. Johnson is one of my favorite artists. If you don't know much about him or his work, do a Google search and you'll see what an amazing talent he was. Most of his work was literally rescued from being discarded after being found in a storage facility and most of it is now displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of Art.
Here is what SMA wrote when exhibiting Johnson's work: "By almost any standard, William H. Johnson (1901–1970) can be considered a major American artist. He produced hundreds of works in a virtuosic, eclectic career that spanned several decades as well as several continents. It was not until very recently, however, that his work began to receive the attention it deserves" Using a palette of only four or five colors and painting frequently on burlap or plywood, Johnson developed a flat, consciously naïve style.
In 1945, Johnson created a series of paintings which he called "Fighters For Freedom" which featured both well and lesser known subjects that were vital in the struggle for freedom and for Civil Rights for Black Americans.
The painting used for this art print is part of that series and features the great Marian Anderson. Anderson was a legendary singer performing classical music as well as spirituals. She was an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Anderson became the first African-American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, she worked as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United States Department of State, giving concerts all over the world. She participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington in 1963. Anderson was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She was awarded the first Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.
All of William H. Johnson's work is now in Public Domain and by offering these art prints, I hope to play a small role in keeping his work alive. A rt Print comes on museum-quality poster made on long-lasting matte (uncoated) archival paper. This poster paper is more yellowish (off white) as no optical brighteners are used during production- Paper-weight: 250 GSM / 110 lb- Shipped in sturdy packaging protecting the poster printed and shipped on demand. Variants