Going to Church

  • William H. Johnson, Going to Church, ca. 1940-1941, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.1003

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William H. Johnson painted rural scenes inspired in part by his memories of growing up in South Carolina. A family of four ride on an oxcart toward a distant hill, where three crosses mark their physical destination as well as their spiritual home on Calvary. The flat composition, comprised of clashing hues arranged in stripes and color blocks, recalls the story quilts made of scraps pieced together by African American women.

Title
Going to Church
Artists
Date
ca. 1940-1941
On View
Dimensions
38 1/8 x 45 3/8 in. (96.8 x 115.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Harmon Foundation

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Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Animal – cattle
  • Travel – land – cart
  • Architecture – religious – church
  • Figure group
Object Number
1967.59.1003
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