Aaron Douglas (1898-1979)

Aaron Douglas was born in May 26, 1899, in Topeka, Kansas, U.S. and he died in February 2, 1979, in Nashville, Tennessee. Douglas  was american painter and graphic artist who played a lead role in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920.

After having a bachelors stage from the University of Nebraska in 1922, Douglas rendered briefly to his native Kansas to teach art. By 1925 he had went to New York City, where he connected a burgeoning arts fit in Harlem. He taken with the German-born artist Winold Reiss and received individual directions for magazine illustrations. His first major commissionto instance Alain Lockes book The New Negro (1925)quickly inspired requests for graphics from other writers of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes, Charles S. Johnson, Countee Cullen, Wallace Thurman, and James Weldon Johnson. Through this work he drawn the attention of Charlotte Mason, who patronized him for a time.

Douglas incorporated synthetic cubist forms with fake and geometric works drawn from African art. He used the rhythm of circles, diagonals, and wavy lines to stimulate his illustrations, which are wide known for their tonal gradations and Art Deco-style silhouettes. Through these techniques, he addressed the inspirations of the New Negro and described the worlds of the black skin for political and creative freedom.

Aaron Douglas Artwork

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