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Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris

Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979)<EM>Portrait of James Baldwin</EM>, 1945Oil on canvas22 x 18 inchesPhiladelphia Museum of ArtPhoto courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979)
Portrait of James Baldwin, 1945
Oil on canvas
22 x 18 inches
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris
PHILADELPHIA  •  Philadelphiw Museum of Art  •  Ongoing

Beauford Delaney's (1901-1979) depictions of the streets, parks, and jazz clubs of Harlem and Greenwich Village, dating from 1929 to 1953, convey the energy of the city, while his layered, captivating abstract compositions from his Paris years (1953-1979) demonstrate his sustained exploration of color. Throughout his career, Delaney painted perceptive portraits of celebrated writers, musicians, and actors, many of whom were his close friends, most notably James Baldwin, Henry Miller, and Marian Anderson.

This show presents over fifty paintings, prints, and watercolors from public and private collections in Europe and the United States and include urban pictures in the American Modernist style as well a more personal works that document the face of the racial and social intolerance Delaney faced as a gay black artist.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Web Site

Contact: Tel: (1) 215 763 81 00

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