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Douglass Square

Artist
Allan Rohan Crite, American, 1910–2007
Associated
Federal Works Agency, Work Projects Administration
Date
1936
Material
Oil on canvas-covered artist's board
Made in
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Depicts
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 333
Dimensions
23 1/2 x 27 in. (59.7 x 68.6 cm)
framed: 24 x 28 3/16 x 1 5/16 in. (61 x 71.6 x 3.3 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Federal Works Agency, Work Projects Administration
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
354:1943
NOTES
In 1979, the artist Alan Rohan Crite explained his preference for the kind of everyday neighborhood scene like Douglass Square. He said, “I was living here [Boston] in the South End with a lot of black people around me. I was painting them as I saw them as human beings, just ordinary human beings, having ordinary lives. In the twenties and thirties the image of black people was distorted, to put it mildly. We had a “Jazz Negro” entertainer or a traumatic figure out of the ghetto or a social problem. But the ordinary human being who goes to the store, comes home, washes dishes, all the homely things—he just wasn’t registering. I felt it important for me to present that life of black people as part of the Christian dignity of man.”
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