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Man in Blue Suit

ca. 1990 George Williams Born: Clinton, Louisiana 1910 Died: 1997 carved and painted wood 27 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (68.6 x 14.0 x 10.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.102 Not currently on view


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George Williams created sculptures inspired by his African American heritage, and many of his figures are black. In these pieces, however, the men are painted with bright white enamel. Their identical drab suits, hairstyles, and expressions suggest that Williams saw no individuality in the white-collar world of business.

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Figure male - full length

sculpture

folk art

paint

wood

About George Williams

Born: Clinton, Louisiana 1910 Died: 1997

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