Portrait of the Black Madonna

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Portrait of Black Madonna seems to be a straightforward image of a woman. Her arms, the shawl around her shoulders, and the flowers are formed of pieces of painted cloth. The spout of the coffee pot is three-dimensional -- Andrews worked a scrap of fabric around a piece of wood. Just above it, a zipper confirms that the fabric was cut from a discarded item of clothing. The collaged elements -- which by the late 1980s were a hallmark of Andrews's work -- give dimension and tactile reality to the canvas. Portrait of Black Madonna is not only a picture of a woman and the joy and responsibility associated with motherhood; it also honors the strength and resiliency of women throughout the world.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Portrait of the Black Madonna
Not on view
36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Andrews Humphrey Family Foundation

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oil and collage on canvas
  • Figure female – waist length
  • Still life – flower
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