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Hughie Lee-Smith

The Stranger
about 1957–58
oil
26 1/4 x 36 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase

When Hughie Lee-Smith saw this painting thirty years after painting it, he re-named it The Stranger because he was struck by the figure's separation from the town. “In my case, aloneness …has stemmed from the fact that I'm black. Unconsciously it has a lot to do with a sense of alienation.”