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Raised in Boston, Crite often painted scenes of life in the city’s South End. Here, children play, lining up to jump over a rolling tire. Crite had a special relationship with this spot, the otherwise ordinary corner of Dilworth and Northampton Streets:“I lived over that store for forty-six years. I looked out that window, down Northampton Street towards Columbus Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Church . . . Dilworth Street was an important phase in my life, where much of my major work as an artist was produced. . . . Today the street no longer exists. It is a vacant lot. The street is a memory, along with all the other vanished streets of the city.”

Details

  • Title: Tire Jumping in Front of My Window
  • Creator: Allan Rohan Crite
  • Date Created: 1936/1947
  • Physical Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.
  • Provenance: 1947, the artist. IBM Corporation, N.Y. Private collection. By 1994, Peg Alston Fine Arts, N.Y.; 1994, sold by Peg Alston Fine Arts to George and Joyce Wein, N.Y.; by 2007 consigned to the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, N.Y.; 2007, sold by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery to the MFA.
  • Subject Keywords: African American Artist
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: MFA Website Entry
  • Medium: Oil on canvasboard

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