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Charles I

Kehinde Wiley, American, born 1977
Oil on linen
Made in
Beijing, Eastern Asia, China, Asia
Associated with
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 248
image: 96 × 72 in. (243.8 × 182.9 cm)
framed (approximate): 107 × 83 × 6 in. (271.8 × 210.8 × 15.2 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Gary C. Werths and Richard Frimel, Barbara and Andy Taylor, Anabeth and John Weil, John and Susan Horseman, Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg, Michael and Noémi Neidorff, David Obedin and Clare Davis, Adrienne D. Davis, Yvette Drury Dubinsky and John Paul Dubinsky, Mrs. Barbara S. Eagleton, Hope Edison, Roxanne H. Frank, Rosalyn and Charles Lowenhaupt, Jack and Susan Musgrave, Dr. and Mrs. E. Robert Schultz, Susan and David Sherman III, Pam and Greg Trapp, Mark S. Weil and Joan Hall-Weil, Keith H. Williamson, and the Third Wednesday Group
© 2019 Kehinde Wiley, Courtesy of the Saint
Louis Art Museum and Roberts Projects
Object Number
St. Louisan Ashley Cooper stands with one hand on her hip in front of a vibrant floral backdrop that circles in front of and around her. Cooper’s pose is based on the stance of Charles I of England in a 1633 portrait by Dutch painter Daniel Mytens I in the Museum’s collection. Artist Kehinde Wiley uses the long-standing practice of portraiture to address absences and erasures of Black individuals in European and American art history. In his paintings, he replaces White figures depicted in historical artworks with images of contemporary African Americans, Africans, and people of the African diaspora. In 2017, Wiley visited neighborhoods in north St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri, where he selected Cooper and other individuals to pose for paintings.
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