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Reading the Bible (Maude Jones)

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Artist:
Robinson, John N., 1912-1994
Medium:
oil on canvas
National Origin:
American
Type:
Painting
Date:
1940
Description:
The art of native Anacostian John Robinson (1912-1995) is autobiographical, reflecting his home, family and his neighborhood. He studied art at Howard University and sold charcoal sketchs for thirty-five cents each in Lafayette and Franklin Parks. He was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art long before African-Americans were welcomed there. Johnson's quiet, positive portraits are enveloped in traditional sentiment . Of his potrait of Maud Jones, Johnson said "...she sold newspapers on New York Avenue and came up around the Outdoor Art Fairs; she wanted to have herself painted with the Bible but disappeared before I completed the portrait."
Accession Number:
2004.0005.0001
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
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