Fighters for Freedom

Marian Anderson

Marian
Internationally acclaimed opera singer Marian Anderson's credits include appearances as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Despite her renown, Anderson was barred from appearing at Constitution Hall, the headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C., because she was African American. Instead she performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday in 1939, for an audience of more than seventy-five thousand. Johnson used photographs appearing in newspapers picturing Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial as the inspiration for this painting.
Marian Anderson, about 1945
oil on paperboard
90.4 x 73.2 cm
(35 5/8 x 28 7/8 in.)
Gift of the Harmon Foundation

LOOK CAREFULLY

Johnson has surrounded the figure of Marian Anderson with flags from many countries and famous buildings located in cities that the singer visited. Try to identify as many of these flags and landmarks as you can.



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