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Angola's Dreams Grasp Finger Tips

1973 Emilio Cruz Born: New York, New York 1938 Died: New York, New York 2004 acrylic on canvas 84 1/8 x 84 in. (213.7 x 213.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1980.137.20 Not currently on view


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Angola’s Dreams was inspired by Cruz’s sympathy for two Angolan men he met in Rome who had spent their lives trying to secure support for the country’s struggle for freedom from Portugal. In Cruz’s words, “these two bedraggled spirits were perhaps the most intense individuals I have ever met. Neither one could speak English so we communicated with Spanish mixed with Italian, perhaps at times assimilating Portuguese…Our souls touched and I understood the life that blooms when people have dedicated their lives to what they believe to be a just cause.”


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

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About Emilio Cruz

Born: New York, New York 1938 Died: New York, New York 2004

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