Saturday, November 15, 2014 Robert S. Duncanson: 19th-Century African-American Master, Tuesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.

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Robert S. Duncanson

Robert S. Duncanson

Robert S. Duncanson

Columbia, South Carolina

Join CMA Chief Curator Will South for a special talk. This lecture, sponsored by the Friends of African American Art & Culture, is presented in celebration of the Museum’s recent acquisition of Duncanson’s beautiful oil on canvas, Landscape with Fantastic Architecture. After the talk, enjoy light refreshments and be among the first Museum patrons to see this wonderful painting, on view for the first time that evening. 

Though famous in his lifetime and called the "greatest landscape painter in the West," after his death in 1872 Robert Duncanson faded into obscurity. In recent decades, however, his work has been the subject of several books and major exhibitions. America has rediscovered an artist of exceptional talent who painted some of the most important murals in America prior to the Civil War and whose work was purchased by the King of Sweden. We have found an artist who envisioned a life without limits, a life beyond the role of the slave or laborer into which African-Americans had been cast. Against all odds, he made himself into an artist and forged a place in history as one of the finest painters of the 19th century. 


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