Charles Wilbert White  Our Land

Charles Wilbert White

Our Land


Our Land offers a figurative personification of the working-class labor which went into cultivating that land. Charles White channeled this concept in his 1951 solo exhibition Negro Women, which displayed a group of painted liberated visions of Black American womanhood.

In the exhibition, Our Land emanated as a central image of White's revolutionary artistic practice, which robustly explored "the vortex of black life experience." A reconfigured reference to Grant Wood's American Gothic and American Regionalism, the pitchfork in White's image is firmly grasped by the larger-than-life hands ofa Black woman as she gazes beyond the viewer upon the fruits of her labor.

Visions of Black American working-class identity powerfully champions much of White's mid-century portraiture, and Our Land builds on this experience through a masterful combination of honest social realism and muralist experimentation.


Charles Wilbert White


24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm) Framed: 31 in. × 27 1/8 in. × 2 3/4 in.

Credit Line

Art Bridges




Oil on canvas

Object Number



l.r., etched in paint: CHARLES WHITE / '51


Jason Schoen, Miami, FL; to Private Collection, MI, 2008; (Jonathan Boos, New York, NY); to Private Collection; to Private Collection, ca. 2014; (Christie’s Inc., New York, NY); purchased by Art Bridges, TX, 2020


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