New Negro Artists in Paris: African American Painters and Sculptors in the City of Light, 1922-1934 / Edition 1

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The New Negro Artist in Paris analyzes the experiences and works of six African American artists who lived and worked in Paris during the Jazz Age sculptors Elizabeth Prophet and Augusta Savage, and painters Palmer Hayden, Hale Woodruff, Archibald J. Motley, Jr., and Albert Alexander Smith. More than 120 works of art are analyzed, many never before published.

These artists exhibited the works they created in Paris at prestigious salons in France and in the United States, winning fellowships, grants, and awards. Leininger-Miller argues that it was study abroad that won these artists critical acclaim, establishing their reputations as some of the most significant leaders of the New Negro movement in the visual arts. She begins her study with a history of the debut of African American artists in Paris, 1830–1914, then provides readers with rarely seen profiles of each of the six artists from their birth through the end of their time abroad. Finally, Leininger-Miller examines patterns and differences in these individuals’ backgrounds and development, their patronage in the United States and France, their shared experiences abroad, and the impact their study in Paris had on the rest of their careers.

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Leininger-Miller's (art history, U. of Cincinnati) very readable revision of her dissertation surveys the lives and oeuvre of six African-American artists<-->Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Palmer Hayden, Hale Woodruff, Archibald J. Motley Jr., Augusta Savage, and Albert Alexander Smith<-->with special attention to their years in the rich cultural milieu of Jazz Age Paris. The book is well-illustrated and approachable and will appeal to art historians and anyone interested in art of this time period and the experience as African-Americans of these artists both at home and abroad. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813528113
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Debut of African American Artists in Paris, 1830-1914 1
2 the Artistic Career of a Near Expatriate: Nancy Elizabeth Prophet in Paris, 1922-1934 16
3 Painting Seascapes and "Negro Characters": Palmer Hayden in Paris, 1927-1932 66
4 The Education of a Modernist: Hale Woodruff in France, 1927-1931 105
5 Loner in Paris: Archibald J. Motley, Jr, 1929-1930 140
6 "Une Femme Sculpteur Noire": Augusta Savage in Paris, 1929-1931 162
7 Playing to American and European Audiences: Albert Alexander Smith Abroad, 1922-1940 202
Conclusion 241
Notes 251
Selected Bibliography 289
Index 307
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