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Lewis often asserted that art could not solve society’s problems, but Evening Rendezvous is a deeply political painting. The abstract dabs of white emerging from a gray twilight are hooded Klansmen, gathered around a bonfire suggested by the hot reds at the center of the image. Angular white shapes in the foreground describe men closest to the headlights of their cars, while those at the top are obscured by blue smoke. The combination of red, white, and blue mocks the patriotism that the Klan claimed as its defense.

Details

  • Title: Evening Rendezvous
  • Creator: Norman Lewis
  • Date Created: 1962
  • Physical Dimensions: 50 1/4 x 64 1/4 in. (127.7 x 163.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
  • Artist: Born New York City 1909 – Died New York City 1979
  • Medium: oil on linen

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