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Allan Rohan Crite

Sunlight and Shadow
1941
oil
25 1/4 x 39 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase

Three generations converse and play in a community park. The scene reminds us of the important function of extended families in African American communities. Referring to himself as an “artist-reporter,” Crite stated that his intention was “to show…the usual pleasures of life with its mixtures of both sorrow and joy.”