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[Building on fire]

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Aiken, James S.
watercolor on watercolor paper
Providing a stark contrast to the typical Aiken watercolor, full of bright colors and pleasant outdoors scenes, this work uses a dark palette of gray and black to capture the act of flames escaping from the windows of high-rise in the midst of the night sky. Silhouettes of small figures on the fire escapes, a mysterious character climbing a ladder leaning against the building, and a colorful cloud of smoke are the focus here.
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James Aiken Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, transferred from the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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