Marian Anderson (Primary Title)

Beauford Delaney, American, 1901 - 1979 (Artist)

oil on canvas
United States
Framed: 66 3/16 × 53 1/2 × 1 7/8 in. (168.12 × 135.89 × 4.76 cm)
Unframed: 63 15/16 × 51 5/16 × 1 1/2 in. (162.4 × 130.33 × 3.81 cm)
Beauford Delaney painted this iconic portrait of the acclaimed American contralto Marian Anderson two decades after Greene Street, his inventive cityscape that hangs on the other side of this gallery. Although completed in Paris, the portrait is imbued with the artist’s awareness of the contemporary civil rights movement in America. Marian Anderson was an African American cultural hero whose artistic talent and moral courage inspired a generation. A symbol of perfection and transcendence, the vibrant yellow palette simultaneously mediates the artist’s exploration of painterly abstraction while radiating the sitter’s brilliance.
Modern; Civil Rights
Signed and dated, lower left: Beauford Delaney 1965
J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art
2019-2020: "One Life: Marian Anderson", Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, June 28, 2019 - May 17, 2020.

2018: Collecting for the Commonwealth Preserving for the Nation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1919-2018, Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, NY, January 18 - 26, 2018.

The Art of Music, The San Diego Museum of Art, September 26, 2015 - February 7, 2016 (not lent to the second venue, Mexico City).

Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Anacostia Museum and Center for African History and Culture; Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2002-2003

Beauford Delaney: A Retrospective, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 1978

Beauford Delaney, Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris, 1973
Benito, Sandra, Patrick Coleman, James Grebl, et. al. El Arte de la Música. Mexico City, Mexico: Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, 2016. Exh. Cat., color ill., p. 240

Coleman, Patrick, et al. “The Art of Music”. San Diego: San Diego Museum of Art, 2015, no 248, p 278

Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow (Atlanta: High Museum of Art, 2002), 23-25, 50, ill.
Patricia Sue Canterbury, Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris (Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2005), 64

David Leeming, Amazing Grace: A Life of Beauford Delaney (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 172-73, ill.

Beauford Delaney: A Retrospective (New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1978), cat. no. 43, ill.

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