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William H. Johnson Coloring Book
William H. Johnson Coloring Book
William H. Johnson Coloring Book
William H. Johnson Coloring Book
William H. Johnson Coloring Book
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William H. Johnson Coloring Book

$8.95
Soft cover book with staple binding.

48 pages with 22 images to color

Size: 8½ x 11 in.

Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.

This item is published with the Smithsonian American Art Museum by PomegranateKids®, an imprint of Pomegranate Communications, and is CPSIA compliant.

ISBN 9780764969027

ITEM CB160
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Description
Born in South Carolina to a poor African American family, William H. Johnson (1901–1970) moved to New York at age seventeen. He worked a variety of jobs to pay for an art education at the prestigious National Academy of Design, where he earned numerous awards and the respect of his teachers and fellow students.

Johnson spent the late 1920s in France, absorbing the lessons of modernism. As a result, his work became more expressive and emotional. During this same period, he met and fell in love with Danish artist Holcha Krake. The couple married and spent most of the 1930s in Scandinavia, where he painted portraits of fisherman, landscapes, and the spectacular mountains and fjords in the land of the midnight sun. By the late ’30s, the threat of war and Johnson’s need to “paint his own people" had convinced him to return to New York, where he created powerful scenes of African American life.

Johnson’s later life was plagued by illness, and he spent his final years in a Long Island hospital. After his death, his entire life’s work was almost disposed of to save storage fees but was rescued by friends at the last moment. Over a thousand artworks by Johnson are now part of the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Images

  1. Sweet Adeline

  2. Sowing

  3. Flowers

  4. Breakdown

  5. Chalet in the Mountains

  6. Lift Up Thy Voice and Sing

  7. Ferry Boat Trip

  8. Jitterbugs (I)

  9. Street Life, Harlem

  10. Art Class

  11. Blind Musician

  12. Li’L Sis

  13. Going to Church

  14. Wedding Couple

  15. Farewell

  16. Dockyard

  17. Flower to Teacher

  18. Three Little Children

  19. Deep South

  20. Folk Family

  21. Still Life—Flowers

  22. Children Dance