Archibald Motley Jr.’s Blues captures the sights and sounds of a black-and-tan nightclub in the late ’20s, where patrons could be free from the strictures of white society. He painted this work while on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Paris but returned in 1930 to become a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and in the lively Chicago arts scene.
It is credited
Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne.
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Its dimensions are
36 × 42 in. (91.4 × 106.7 cm)
It is signed
Lower Right Corner: "A.J. Motley, Jr. / Paris"
Bessie Smith might be the most popular blues artist from the 1920s. Known as the “Empress of the Blues,” she is heard on “Lost Your Head Blues” with Fletcher Henderson on piano and Joseph...
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.