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Untitled (Fang, Crow and Fruit)

Beauford Delaney

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
Beauford Delaney arranged this still-life composition as if to represent an offering to the Fang reliquary figure that appears at the right. His vivid colors and the energetic brushwork create a sense of vibration—the bowl almost appears to spin, and the figure to rock. Delaney may have seen traditional African art at the Primitive African Art Center in Manhattan or at the Brooklyn Museum.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1945
DIMENSIONS 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm) frame: 32 x 37 x 4 in. (81.3 x 94 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "Beauford Delaney / 45"
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 2014.73
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Arnold Lehman, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Beauford Delaney, by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esq., Court Appointed Administrator
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CAPTION Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979). Untitled (Fang, Crow and Fruit), 1945. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Arnold Lehman, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 2014.73. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.73_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2014.73_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979). <em>Untitled (Fang, Crow and Fruit)</em>, 1945. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Arnold Lehman, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 2014.73. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.73_PS9.jpg)