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Norman Wilfred Lewis Untitled Subway Station 1945

Norman Wilfred Lewis, Untitled (Subway Station), 1945

Twilight in the Adirondacks Sanford Robinson Gifford

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Twilight in the Adirondacks, 1862

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#WilliamHJohnson’s depiction of American abolitionist #HarrietTubman was one of the last works he created (circa 1945). Part of the artist’s “Fighters for Freedom” series, the work depicts the legendary Tubman in the painting style that Johnson developed after spending time living and working in Denmark and Norway.

The series features African-American abolitionists, scientists, teachers, performers, sports figures, and allied heads of state. Rather than creating separate series featuring individual fighters, as fellow Black artist and contemporary Jacob Lawrence did, Johnson offered portraits surrounded by vignettes that defined the individuals through their accomplishments.

A traveling exhibition of 28 “Fighters for Freedom” paintings, which have not been seen together for almost 75 years, is now available in our Exhibition Marketplace. The show is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (@americanart). #ArtBridges.

Pictured: William H. Johnson, Harriet Tubman, c. 1945, oil on paperboard, 28 7/8 x 23 3/8 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of the Harmon Foundation.

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“If a man knows nothing but hard times he will paint them. For he must be true to himself, but even that man may have a dream, an ideal—and Holy Mountain is my answer to such painting.”—#HoracePippin, whose 1944 oil-on-canvas painting “Holy Mountain, I,” pictured here, is part of the #ArtBridges collection.

A World War I veteran who grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pippin channels the fears and anxieties of the World War alongside his cherished hopes of peace for all on earth. In the painting, the artist directly references D-Day with the date June 6,1944 inscribed. Yet he also creates a vision of the prophecy of a “Peaceable Kingdom” as described in the book of Isaiah—a description of a paradise where all creatures will live in harmony. While menacing soldiers linger in the painting’s background, Pippin stands calmly in the foreground alongside predators and prey in repose.

Image: Horace Pippin, “Holy Mountain, I,” 1944, oil on canvas, 30 1/2 x 36 in (77.5 x 91.4 cm), framed: 37 x 43 x 6 in. Art Bridges.

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Multimedia artist T.C. Cannon was a Renaissance man. He played all kinds of music from folk and country to classical and opera. He wrote poetry. He deeply studied Native history and spirituality. And, he painted.

Through his painting he explored his Kiowa and Caddo culture and the juxtaposition between Anglo-American society and Native communities. His painting “Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like” (1975) is a celebration of multigenerational connection. It depicts his grandmother, pregnant with the artist’s father, and the Washita River in Oklahoma, near where the artist grew up.

Here: #TCCannon in his Santa Fe, N.M., studio in 1976 at the height of his influential but brief career as a multimedia artist. He died in a car accident just two years later.

Visit our website to learn more about this work from the #ArtBridges collection. It is available to loan for museums around the country.

Photo from American Indian Magazine. Courtesy Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. © Herbert Lotz/New Mexico History Museum.

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✨ #Repost from our friends at the @RiverfrontMuseum ✨

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ―Albert Einstein

Pictured: Teeghan Smith visiting the work by Terry Adkins and the American Verses exhibition.

*Both artworks seen here—#TerryAdkins’ “Native Son (Circus)” and #MarkBradford’s “Thelxiepeia”—are part of the #ArtBridges collection and are available for loan. Contact us today to learn more.

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