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Woman with Bouquet

Laura Wheeler Waring

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
With hand on hip and confident bearing, this woman is self-assured and elegant. She was probably from the Philadelphia area, where the artist Laura Wheeler Waring lived and worked. Like Waring’s other portraits of sophisticated or dignified working-class African Americans, this painting countered the many racial stereotypes that were prevalent at the time. Waring’s work, with its strong color palette and energetic brushwork, flourished during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, a period of great African American artistic and cultural production.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1940
DIMENSIONS 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm) framed: 36 x 31 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (91.4 x 79.4 x 5.7 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "LW"; signed and inscribed verso on artist's label: "Laura Wheeler Waring/136 N. 3rd St./Philadelphia, PA."; signed and inscribed verso: "Laura Wheeler Waring/(faded -illegible); signed and inscribed verso, upside down: "Laura W. Waring/756 N. 43rd/Phila. PA."
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Teresa A. Carbone
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