In this self-portrait, Emma Amos holds a small bouquet and gazes out from the frame, perhaps into the circular portal of a mirror or directly at the viewer. The sensitive attention to color, interlocking geometric planes, and suggestion of a flowery aroma express the simple joys found in life’s ordinary moments. Amos conveys a sense of sanctuary and self-determinacy that echoes her own commitment to painting, despite the discrimination she encountered throughout her career. “For me, a Black woman artist,” she said, “to walk into the studio is a political act.”
Oil on canvas
50 × 50 in. (127 × 127 cm)
frame: 51 × 51 × 1 7/8 in. (129.5 × 129.5 × 4.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed top right recto
William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund
By 2017, acquired from the artist by Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, NY; 2017, purchased from Ryan Lee Gallery by the Brooklyn Museum.
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Emma Amos (American, 1937-2020). Flower Sniffer, 1966. Oil on canvas, 50 × 50 in. (127 × 127 cm). Brooklyn Museum, William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2017.35. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , CUR.2017.35.jpg)
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