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Malvin Gray Johnson

Brothers
1934
oil
38 x 30 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation

Two young boys sitting shoulder-to-shoulder vie for space on a wooden bench. With proceeds from his employment with the Public Works of Art Project, Malvin Gray Johnson was able to realize his goal of traveling to rural Virginia. It was during this visit that he made numerous studies in a modern-folk style of its agrarian African American community, including this casual scene of jousting brothers.