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Walter Ellison, American, 1899–1977; Father & Mother—Tintype, 1939; oil on canvas; 24 3/16 x 20 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of the Federal Works Agency, Work Projects Administration 358:1943

In the standard full-frontal format used by portrait photographers at the time, Walter Ellison depicts his parents as dignified middle-class citizens, tastefully dressed in their Sunday best. By exposing the neighborhood scene behind the curtained backdrop and apartment wall, the artist provides a view of the community in which his family lived. As a member of Chicago’s South Side Community Art Center, Ellison helped carry out the mandate of the WPA: to represent the spectrum of African American life as an instrumental part of the national story.

On view in Gallery 333

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