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William H. Johnson's World on Paper

William H. Johnson (1901–1970)<EM>Three Friends</EM>, c. 1944–1945SerigraphSmithsonian American Art MuseumGift of the Harmon FoundationPhoto courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
William H. Johnson (1901–1970)
Three Friends, c. 1944–1945
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the Harmon Foundation
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
William H. Johnson's World on Paper
PHILADELPHIA  •  Philadelphia Museum of Art  •  Ongoing

African American modernist William H. Johnson (1901–1970)—often considered one of the most inventive artists of his generation—as a graphic artist.

Eighty works of art on paper—including thirty-two watercolors and tempera paintings, about two-dozen block-prints (many of which are hand-colored), and fourteen screenprints—provide an overview of Johnson's career both in Europe in the 1930s and in New York in the 1940s. Among the varied subjects of his work are early landscapes of Denmark, Norway, and North Africa; portraits of his neighbors in Denmark; scenes of daily life in the urban North and the rural South; and scenes of black enlisted men and female volunteers of World War II.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Web Site

Contact: 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tel: (1) 215 763 81 00

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