William Henry Johnson

An artist during the Harlem Renaissance

Biography on William Henry Johnson

William Henry Johnson was born on March 18, 1901 in Florence South Carolina. He attended the National Academy Of Design in New York where he graduated and moved to Paris. William traveled throughout Europe where he was exposed to a variety or different kinds of art. When he returned to the U.S William's paintings were considered "folk" style that required bright colors and two dimensional figures. William had a wife named Holcha Krake that was also an artist. The final 23 years of William Johnson's life was spent in a mental hospital where he died in 1970. William's wife also died of breast cancer.

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Major Contributions

William's artwork symbolized the life of African Americans in Harlem. His work also talked about the military and the south.

William Johnson self portrait

William Johnsons Quote

"If it's up to be, it's up to me."