Douglas, Aaron, (Portrait of A Lady)
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"Portrait of A Lady" by Aaron Douglas (Attributed to, unsigned)
12 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (image size) pencil and conte crayon on paper (circa 1930's) --framed (21 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches)
Provenance: Fisk University student
Aaron Douglas, Fisk professor and leading artist of New York City's Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's, is widely acclaimed for his distinctive narrative painting and murals. Throughout his long, prolific career, Douglas also excelled as an illustrator, printmaker, and portraitist. This little known work, Portrait of a Lady, provides an extraordinary look at Douglas's mastery of the art of portraiture.
Dating from the late 1930's, this work depicts a shoulder length image of young woman. the is delicately drawn with soft, atmospheric colors and silky contours. Douglas captures the ineffable beauty of youth with great grace and charm, creating an image that is ethereal and imbued with humanity, warmth, and the poetic assurance of a master's vision.