Angola's Dreams Grasp Finger Tips

  • Emilio Cruz, Angola's Dreams Grasp Finger Tips, 1973, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection, 1980.137.20

Exhibition Label
Angola’s Dreams was inspired by Cruz’s sympathy for two Angolan men he met in Rome who had spent their lives trying to secure support for the country’s struggle for freedom from Portugal. In Cruz’s words, “these two bedraggled spirits were perhaps the most intense individuals I have ever met. Neither one could speak English so we communicated with Spanish mixed with Italian, perhaps at times assimilating Portuguese…Our souls touched and I understood the life that blooms when people have dedicated their lives to what they believe to be a just cause.”


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Title
Angola's Dreams Grasp Finger Tips
Artist
Date
1973
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
84 1/8 x 84 in. (213.7 x 213.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
acrylic on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1980.137.20
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

1962
oil on paper mounted on fiberboard

More Artworks from the Collection

ca. 1988
paint, mud, and sand on plywood
1971
acrylic on canvas
2010
rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel