Ink on paper
25 1/2 in. x 19 in. (64.77 cm x 48.26 cm)
Samuel Brown developed into a mature artist during the Depression. At that time, he was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) through the Public Works of Art Project. His piece, "So Tired," depicting an African American woman scrubbing a floor, elicted negative commentary from some, while others realized the power of his social statement. Eleanor Roosevelt was an admirer of his work. Another piece he created during his work with the WPA, "Mrs. Simmons," was obtained by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Brown taught art in the Philadelphia school system for over 30 years, and he continued to create art over his lifetime.
ink on paper
In this portrait of an older African American man, the subject faces the viewer, yet seems to be looking elsewhere, contemplating something out of the viewer's field of vision. While rich, warm, yet somber shades of brown are used to depict the subject, the background is filled with yellows, blues, and pastels in purples and pinks. On the right, behind the subject and barely discernible, the face of a young African American appears in the background, eyes fixed on the viewer unflinchingly.
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