johnson and the harmon foundation


William H. Johnson’s Self-Portrait with Pipe from 1937 is one of the most beautiful series of brushstrokes I’ve ever seen on a work. Hello!?, it’s so rhythmic, I don’t even know or care where his left hand goes from his wrist.

The Harmon Foundation (named after William Elmer Harmon, v rich from real estate) amassed a TON of Harlem Renaissance work. The Foundation dwindled in the sixties, and left most of its collection between the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery (which was spankin’ new at the time).

There, friends, little tidbits that might help you win trivia tonight!

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