William Johnson

By: Cameron Jones

The Life of A painter


Born March 18 and Died april 18 in New York .William Johnson was a Major American Artist. He was a painter. born in South carolina to a poor African american. He moved to New York at the age of seventeen and have a variety of jobs and was able to pay for art education. At the National Academy of Design. he was a great student and had gotten a lot of awards for his work and his effort for sticking to what he was inspired to. His works, including paintings depicting black soldiers fighting on the front lines as well as the segregation that took place there, served as commentaries on the treatment of African Americans in the U.S. Army during World War II.

How He Viewed His Art

The way william viewed his art was portraying African Americans in his art without detailed faces. some of his influences were post impressionism and expressionism. he gained this from the 1920s and late 1930s from the time that he was staying in Europe. His medium in the way that he wanted to represent himself was in the way of being a painter and designing master pieces that would be later on looked back on.
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The Legacy that is left Behind

The Legacy the William Johnson Left behind is that all of his works people are able to look back on it and realize the works he included related to the essence of Harlem's music, fashion,dance. "entitled Blind Singer, shows a pair of musicians in an open-air performance that was common on the city's bustling streets. The composition's flatness, pure color, and orchestrated angularity endow this still image with a sense of rhythmic motion and dynamic energy."
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