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Earle Richardson

Employment of Negroes in Agriculture
1934
oil
48 x 32 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor

Until his untimely death at age twenty-three, Richardson painted the history and achievements of African Americans. The dignity and monumentality of the figures shown here come from their prominent placement at the front of the painting, as the endless rows of unpicked cotton stretch out behind them.