Going Out

  • William H. Johnson, Going Out, ca. 1939-1942, gouache, pen and ink and pencil on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.1088

A mother and daughter, dressed to the nines, are ready for a night on the town, likely in Harlem. The mother is distinguished by her red beret, bright red lipstick, and high-heeled shoes, and the daughter by the bow in her hair, her white dress, and abstracted flowers. Johnson reveals a sense of humor in two flower forms that also suggest lollipops and breasts.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Title
Going Out
Artist
Date
ca. 1939-1942
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 1511 38 in. (38.028.8 cm) irregular
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Harmon Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache, pen and ink and pencil on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – female
  • Ethnic – African-American
Object Number
1967.59.1088
Palette
Linked Open Data
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