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ca. 1939-1942 William H. Johnson Born: Florence, South Carolina 1901 Died: Central Islip, New York 1970 gouache, pen and ink and pencil on paper sheet: 15 x 11 3/8 in. (38.0 x 28.8 cm) irregular Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Harmon Foundation 1967.59.1088 Not currently on view

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A mother and daughter, dressed to the nines, are ready for a night on the town, likely in Harlem. The mother is distinguished by her red beret, bright red lipstick, and high-heeled shoes, and the daughter by the bow in her hair, her white dress, and abstracted flowers. Johnson reveals a sense of humor in two flower forms that also suggest lollipops and breasts.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009


Ethnic - African-American

Figure group - female



paint - gouache