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Ellis Wilson: So Much To Paint
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Chinese Lily

c. 1934
Oil on canvas
32" X 28"
DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL

As an art student, Ellis Wilson painted still lifes partly as exercises in draftsmanship and composition. But even though his main passion soon became portraying the lives of black people in the American South and the Caribbean, he remained fascinated by pure shapes and colors and continued to paint occasional still lifes throughout his career. Compare Still Life with Fruit, painted about 16 years later.


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