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Ellis Wilson: So Much To Paint
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Woman Sweeping

1945
Oil on composite board
23.5" X 17.5"
Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art, Texas

“Don’t have the idea that being a Negro stops you. If you do, you are whipped before you begin. We are no longer novelties. We have truly come of age and we must put it on the wood and make it good in order to be on par with our peers. There is no such thing as Negro Art. A dark-hued model can serve as well as any other subject who meets certain qualifications. This day is ours and we must not be found wanting when Old Man Opportunity comes.”
Ellis Wilson, from a Pittsburgh Courier series entitled “Harlem Portraits”


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