Going Out

Media - 1967.59.1088 - SAAM-1967.59.1088_1 - 52039
Copied William H. Johnson, Going Out, ca. 1939-1942, gouache, pen and ink and pencil on paper, sheet: 1511 38 in. (38.028.8 cm) irregular, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.1088

Artwork Details

Going Out
ca. 1939-1942
Not on view
sheet: 1511 38 in. (38.028.8 cm) irregular
Credit Line
Gift of the Harmon Foundation
Mediums Description
gouache, pen and ink and pencil on paper
  • Figure group — female
  • African American
Object Number

Artwork Description

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