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Norman Lewis

Evening Rendezvous
1962
oil
50 1/4 x 64 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase

Evening Rendezvous conjures up ethereal forms floating through a misty landscape. Norman Lewis’s abstract procession is actually a gathering of hooded figures on horseback. Even the title takes on an ominous implication, alluding to the Ku Klux Klan and extremist groups who camouflage their actions by darkness and secrecy. The use of red, white, and blue most likely refers to their cloak of patriotism