Aaron Douglas, The New Negro Movements

1068 Words5 Pages
African American Artists in the Harlem Renaissance Art today isn't really thought of as something big or important, but during the Harlem renaissance the art industry was huge because there was so much racial prejudice that nobody really thought that a African American could draw, paint or sculpt something so beautiful. According to historyoftheharlemrenaissance.weebly.com, "Between 1920-1930 and outburst of creativity among African American occurred in every aspect of art. This cultural movement became known as "the New Negro Movement" later the Harlem renaissance." The art today isn't really memorable but during that time it was, it expressed how the people in Harlem were feeling and they told a story through their artwork. All the different artists had different mediums and ways of expressing themselves in their work. African Americans were going through so much, they needed a way to express how they were feeling so they put their words into paintings and sculptures. There are many different artists during the Harlem Renaissance and many that we're inspiring to the art today. Aaron Douglas was one of those inspiring artists. "Aaron Douglas was an African American painter and graphic artist who played a leading roll in the Harlem renaissance. Stopha 2 of the 1920's and 1930's." [www.biblography.com/people/Aaron-Douglas-39794] He was born in Topeka, Kansas, and was sometimes referred as the "the father of black American art." He got a lot of his inspiration from his mother. She loved painting with water colors and making beautiful works of art. Douglas reached Harlem and instantly fell in love with the culture and people of the town. Text from bibliography.com says "Douglas had a unique artistic style that fused his interests in ... ... middle of paper ... ...so much, no matter good or bad, they needed to express their emotions in some way. So, they put it into art which soon grew famous for years. Works Cited Website: dclibrarylabs.org/blkren/bios/wellsjl.html ArtVF Art, American-DC wells, James Lesesne, 1902-1993 Bearded, Romane and Harry Henderson. A history of African-American art. From 1792 to the present. NY: Pantheon Books, 1993 Website: www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1988/2/88.02.02.x.html Powell, Richard and Jock Reynolds. James Lesesne Wells: Sixty Years in Art. Washington D.C.: Washington Project for the Arts,1986 Website: www.biography.com/people/Aaron-Douglas-39794 Aaron Douglas' biography. bio.com. A&E Networks Television, date accessed, January 27,2014 Website: historyoftheharlemrenaissance.weebly.com Publisher, published, and author unknown Artist-the Harlem Renaissance. Date accessed, January 28,2014

More about Aaron Douglas, The New Negro Movements

Open Document