"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Monday, April 10, 2017

William H. Johnson

This self-portrait of painter William H. Johnson hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Artist William H. Johnson was born in 1901 in Florence, South Carolina. After deciding to pursue his dreams as an artist, he attended the National Academy of Design in New York and met his mentor, Charles Webster Hawthorne. After graduating, Johnson moved to Paris, traveled throughout Europe and was exposed to new kinds of artistic creations and artists. Upon his return to the United States, Johnson used a primitive style of painting in conjunction with what was considered a "folk" style, using of bright colors and two-dimensional figures. He spent his final 23 years of life in a mental hospital in Central Islip, New York, where he died in 1970." -- Biography.com

The Portrait Gallery  also includes this c. 1928-30 portrait by W. H. Johnson entitled "Young Pastry Cook".


The National Archives has this photo of William H. Johnson, painting. (Wikipedia)

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