Aaron Douglas By; azaria jones

About Him; Occupation- Painter

  • He was born on May 26, 1899, in Topeka, Kansas
  • Date of Death; February 2, 1979 - his cause of death was Pulmonary Embolism ( A condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot).
  • Education; University of Nebraska, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • His passion for art derived from admiring his mother's watercolor paints.
  • In 1926, Douglas married Alta Sawyer.
  • He was know as the " Father of Black American Art."

Occupation- Painter; He developed his art career painting murals and creating illustrations that addressed social issues around race and segregation in the United States by utilizing African Americans- centric imagery. He is known as a prominent leader in Modern African American art who has influenced artists for years to come. Douglas set the stage for young African Americans. He also painted in people's night clubs,libraries and etc.

Favorite quote; ' Nothinge better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you. '

Douglas made African themes into his artwork to create a connection between Africans and African Americans.

His work is portrayed as abstract, in his artwork he described the universality( quality of being shared by all people or things in the world or in a particular group) of the African-American people through song, dance, imagery and poetry.

His female figures are usually drawn in a crouched position or moving as if they are dancing in a traditional African way. He often gave them a narrow range of color, tone and value, most often using greens, browns, mauves, and blacks, with his human forms in darker shades of the present colors of the painting.

His artwork is two-dimensional, and his human figures are faceless. Letting them create, symbols and general, to create a sense of unity between Africans and African Americans.

Douglas Accomplishments ;

  • He was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance( a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York,) spanning the 1920's. During the time it was called " New Negro Movement ".
  • He also influenced a lot of artists with his work. Which resulted in him being a very successful painter. Douglas pioneered the African American modernist by combining beauty and pleasure with Acient African traditional art.
  • He was also represented very well in Museums; and one Catalog; The Spencer Museum of Art exhibition, First Center for the Visual Arts, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The University of Kansas, National Muesum of African American History and Cultural, which they were all named, 'Aaron Douglas- African American Modernist'.
  • Douglas served as president of the Harlem Artists Guild(an organization designed to create a network of young artists in New York City to provide support and inspiration during the Harlem Renaissance) in 1935.
Sited Resources;
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Douglas
  • http://www.biography.com/people/aaron-douglas-39794
Three Paragraphs;Aaron Douglas was a African American Painter. His art would be described as abstract. In his artwork he described the universality of the African American people through song dance, imagery and poetry. He often gave the characters of his art a range of color, tone,and value, mostly using greens, browns, mauves, and blacks with his human forms in darker shades of the present colors of the painting. His artwork was also two- dimensional and his human figures are faceless, letting them create a sense of unity between African Americans and African Americans. He was born on May 26, 1899, in Topeka, Kansas to Elizabeth Douglas, a homemaker and amateur artist, and Aaron Douglas,Sr, a baker. He was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance spamming in the 1920's. It was also called the " New Negro Movement". He was very successful which resulted in him being in 5 magazines and 1 catalog. He served as president of the Harlem Artists Guide in 1935. He was significant because he influenced many artists with his work and he pioneered the African American Modernist by combining beauty and pleasure with Ancient African traditional art.

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