09.2 Black Women
During the 1860s Johnson painted Black men, women, and children that bestow on them dignity, intelligence, and grace. Many in his family, including his sister Harriet May and her husband Reverend Joseph May were ardent abolitionists. To Johnson, Blacks were not subjects to be ridiculed or satirized. —PH
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Hills no. 9.2.1
Study of a Negro Woman
Oil on canvas
12 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (30.8 x 24.1 cm)
Neither signed nor dated
Record last updated June 23, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Study of a Negro Woman, c.1862 (Hills no. 9.2.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=90 (accessed on May 26, 2022).