"We the strong!"

This small gallery is based on the history of the African-American people. The gallery illustrates how we started out as slaves and overcame it and became the strongest culture that was ever created. Included in this gallery are different artworks done by different cultures showing their perspective views on the African-American culture. Please enjoy. 

This painting was done by Richard Ansdell in 1861. This powerful piece depicts slavery in the United States. It shows two slaves trying to escape slavery but are hunted down by a pack of dogs. The husband tries his best to protect his wife by swinging an axe to keep the dogs away from her. The principles of design that stand out to me the most are movement, rhythm and focus. Movement in the painting is from the man protecting his wife from the dogs and the dogs attacking them. The rhythm in the painting is the painting in all of its entirety. The dogs and the slaves are moving together, they are interacting with each other as one. The movement is in sync with one another, it's not chaotic it's organized. The focuses in the painting are the slaves and the then you take the dogs. After the viewers see the Slaves they travel to the dogs and then the dog that was struck by the slave's axe. The last thing the viewer sees is the scenery around them. This painting relates to my gallery because it shows the beginning stages of the strength of my people and how they refused to stay slaves.
This painting by Eastman Johnson is of a young boy playing the flute. He's in old clothes, he doesn't have any shoes on and he's just relaxing in the wooden door frame. The principles os art that stands out to me is proportions and unity. The elements of art that stand out to me is shapes. Shapes were used in this painting creates a 3D character. The thing that helps this is the young boy's arm and leg hanging out of the door frame and the lines descending backwards from the front of the cabin gives the painting depth. Proportions are represented by the small flute the boy is playing. The boy sitting in the large door frame inside of a larger house. This painting relates to my gallery because it shows how the children kept their spirits up with music even though they were slaves.
This painting is by Winslow Homer of young slaves entertaining themselves by knitting or coloring. Unity is represented int his painting because the young children keep the viewers attention. The painting doesn't need anything else. The use of lights and dark in this painting represent the contrast. The children have shadows and the area they are in seem darkened and abandoned.This painting relates to my gallery because it shows how the children kept their spirits up with small things like reading, art or knitting even though they were slaves and didn't have much.
This watercolor painting created by James Eights of a street to fox street in 1812 represents a nice neighborhood with young caucasian children playing and enjoying life while the African-American family stands in the middle of nothing looking at the caucasian families happy lives. This painting represents space and color. The negative space in between the African-American family and the Caucasian family creates a sadness and uneasiness from the viewer. Looking at this painting you can feel and understand the hurt the African-American families felt when they saw how they should have been living but instead were treated like cattle. The color is represented because everything in this painting is colorful and full of vibrant colors until you get to the African-American family. They are surrounded by a darkness, that draws emphasis to them. This painting represents by Gallery because it shows what African-Americans had to deal with back in the day. Even though they might not have been slaves anymore they were still classified as nothing and they were equal and treated horribly.
This painting by Aaron Douglas is of an African-American fur-trader from Haiti who discovered Chicago. This painting was a representation of the good life that was to come for the African-American people. The color scheme the artist used was Analogous. The color is right next to each other on the color wheel creating a relaxing scheme. The painter used organic shapes for the trees as well as static shapes for the entire painting. Nothing seems like it's really moving besides the mother holding up her young child in celebration. This relates to my gallery because even though African-American people were slaves they never gave up being free, they even were able to discover some places of their own.
This painting shows African American experiences from origins in Africa to 20th-century migrations to northern cities in the United States. From right to left, agricultural labor to the tragic injustices in the South after Reconstruction. The star and ray of light reference the Underground Railroad’s directive to “follow the North Star,” Movement is evident tint his painting as it tells a story of the African-American culture. The colors the painter used were Yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet and violet. Using this color scheme is called an Analogous color scheme. The colors are right next to each other creating a calm and relaxing image. This painting represents my gallery because it shows the strength of African-Americans who strived for change and did.
This painting by an unknown artist is of Frederick Douglas who escaped from slavery in 1838 and subsequently became a powerful witness for abolitionism, speaking, writing, and organizing on behalf of the movement; he also founded a newspaper, the North Star. The use of value has been represented in this photo. The viewer can see where the lighting is coming from in the painting and the organic lines used to illustrate him create a peaceful and calming image. Frederick Douglas is one of the strongest African-American people in Black history that's why I added him to my gallery.
Mary McLeod Bethune was an official in the National Youth Administration, she assured African-American people access to its employment programs. In 1936, she was the chief organizer of a group of Washington-based African American leaders known as the "black cabinet," whose self-appointed mission was to maintain steady pressure on the federal government to create better job opportunities for African-Americans. Proportion is shown by the different sizes of the globe, Mary McLeod,the wall, and the painting on the wall. Variety is also represented, the painting may not be full of things but the viewer has other things to look at. The continents painted on the globe or the small details painted int he smaller painting on the wall behind Ms. Mary McLeod. This is another woman who helped the adb=vancedment of color people and she was selected to be in my gallery because of that.
This painting by Norman Rockwell is of Ruby Bridges, a young African-American child who was the first to go to an all-white school. This young girl was tormented by everyone including the KKK, she was protected by the military men who were assigned to her. They threw things at her and wrote nasty words on the walls for her to see. Even though she was very young and scared she still kept her head up and continued her education. This painting shows a pattern in the soldiers uniforms and walking patterns. This also shows movement. Looking at this painting you can see as Ruby and the men walk toward the young girls school. The arches in their legs and arms show movement as well as he tomato splatter on the wall in front of the last two soldiers. Ruby Bridges deserves to be in this gallery because she represents the strength African-American children and young adults showed when they all tried to make a difference along side the other civil rights activists.
This painting by Eldzier Cortor is a room with the shared experiences of black America throughout the early 20th century. The items depicted refer to triumphs and to failures, from the successful business empire of Madame C.J. Walker to the racial injustice of the Scottsboro trial in 1932. This painting is a great example of the variety in the principles of Design. The viewer has more than enough to look. From the small objects to the larger ones. Color Value is also represented . The light is coming from one area in the room and it lands on areas that are exposed to light while other areas are shaded because the they aren't in the view of the light. This painting was chosen for my gallery because it's a painting of African-American history in one room. It represents the people who were strong enough to make a difference and did.
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