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"Vision of Angels," Important Night-Time Scene, WPA Era, African American Artist



Although not signed, this brilliant scene of a nude black male figure, marvelling at a vision of angels in the heaven from his position on the ground below, is reminiscent of the early work of African American artists such as Robert Neal, James Amos Porter and Charles Alston. The stylized posture of the figure is clearly drawn from Baroque and other Classical art, but the richly-colored scene is distinctively American. The mountainous background suggests a setting in upper New England that was beloved by other painters in the period, such as Rockwell Kent and Marsden Hartley. The painting is executed on Upson board, manufactured by a Lockport, New York company that diversified from building products to jigsaw puzzles and other products during the Depression.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.5 in. (59.69 cm)Width: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865111324773

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