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Aaron Douglas

African-American Painter and Graphic Artist

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Movement: Harlem Renaissance

Born: May 26, 1899 - Topeka, Kansas

Died: February 2, 1979 - Nashville, Tennessee

"We can go to African life and get a certain amount of form and color, understanding and using this knowledge in development of an expression that interprets our life."


In both his style and his subjects, Aaron Douglas revolutionized African-American art. A leader within the Harlem Renaissance, Douglas created a broad range of work that helped to shape this movement and bring it to national prominence. Through his collaborations, illustrations, and public murals, he established a method of combining elements of modern art and African culture to celebrate the African-American experience and call attention to racism and segregation.

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