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Object ID #907214159

It was created by Archibald J. Motley Jr.. It is dated 1929. Its medium is oil on canvas.

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.

  • Object ID #974279427
  • silk, metallic yarn, glass beads, compound weave.
  • Lent by Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum Collection,....
  • 51.2016.2
  • Object ID #907131603
  • gouache, crayon on paper.
  • The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago.
  • 49.2016.2
  • Object ID #907131607
  • crayon and gouache on paper.
  • The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago.
  • 49.2016.3

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

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  • printed paper.
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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"

We have 1 video that features Object ID #907214159.

"Lost Your Head Blues," Bessie Smith (1926)

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.

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