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Artist:
Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr., 1916 - 14 Jan 2006  Search this
Sitter:
Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr., 1916 - 14 Jan 2006  Search this
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet: 56.5 x 36.4cm (22 1/4 x 14 5/16")
Mat: 61.8 x 45.7cm (24 5/16 x 18")
Culture:
Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr.: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Print
Date:
1948 (printed in 1993)
Exhibition Label:
“I fought racism with my art,” Hayward Oubre asserted. Light-skinned, Oubre could have “passed” for white, but he proudly refused to do so. When a student in his printmaking class at the University of Iowa made a racist remark about him, he responded with a print of a black man attacking a snake that was meant to represent the white race. In this self-portrait, made in the same class, Oubre stressed the tan tone of his skin by using buff paper and leaving a thin coating of ink on the plate. He exag- gerated the size of his eyes but avoided the gaze of the viewer, perhaps suggesting his alienation. Lines underneath the eyes evoke premature sags and possibly point to the stress of his having lived in segregated campus housing.
After earning an MFA in 1948, Oubre spent his career teaching, and around 1960, he began making wire sculptures that have earned increased recognition in recent years.
“Yo luché contra el racismo con mi arte”, declaró Hayward Oubre. Tenía la piel clara, y podía haber “pasado” por blanco, pero dignamente se negó a hacerlo. Cuando un estudiante de su clase de grabado en la Universidad de Iowa hizo un comen- tario racista sobre él, Oubre respondió con una obra donde mostraba a un hombre negro atacando a una serpiente que representaba a la raza blanca. En este autorretrato, realizado en la misma clase, Oubre acentúa el tono bronceado de su piel con papel beige y dejando una delgada capa de tinta sobre la placa. Exagera el tamaño de los ojos, pero elude la mirada del observador, quizás sugiriendo su aisla- miento. Las líneas debajo de los ojos evocan bolsas prematuras, quizás por la tensión de haber vivido en dormitorios segregados en el campus universitario. Luego de completar una maestría en bellas artes en 1948, Oubre se dedicó a la enseñanza y hacia 1960 comenzó a crear esculturas de alambre que en años recientes han recibido un creciente reconocimiento.
Topic:
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr.: Male  Search this
Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr.: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr.: Visual Arts\Artist\Printmaker  Search this
Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr.: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr.: Visual Arts\Art Instructor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn Twentieth-Century American Self-Portrait Collection
Object number:
S/NPG.2002.309
Restrictions & Rights:
© Estate of Hayward Louis Oubre, Jr.
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.2002.309