Thursday, December 10, 2015
New Deal Art: "Mrs. Simmons"
Above: "Mrs. Simmons," a water color and pencil on paper, by Samuel Joseph Brown (1907-1994), created while he participated in the WPA's Federal Art Project, ca. 1936. An obituary for Brown states that his art, "issued powerful statements of the African-American experience and were included in collections from the White House to the museums of major American cities..." The article further notes that Brown was once visited by Eleanor Roosevelt, and that he developed into a more highly skilled artist while in New Deal art programs. After the Great Depression, Brown went on to teach art in the Philadelphia school system for over 30 years ("Samuel J. Brown, Jr.; An Artist and Teacher," Daily News, philly.com, October 26, 1994). Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.