Delaney first studied art in Boston. In 1929, he moved to New York, settling in Soho in 1936 at 181 Greene Street. Many of his cityscapes are abstractions of street signs, traffic lights, and directional arrows. Delaney’s compositions are comparable to those of his white friend Stuart Davis, with whom he also shared a love of jazz music. Davis’s works can be seen in gallery 334.


  • Title: Greene Street
  • Creator: Beauford Delaney
  • Date Created: 1940
  • Physical Dimensions: 22 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.
  • Provenance: By 1991, Collection of Lawrence Hilton; by 1993, with Kenkeleba House, Inc., New York; December 1993, sold by Kenkeleba House, Inc. to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011 sold by Axelrod to the MFA.
  • Subject Keywords: African American Artist
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley 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 canvas

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