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“Untitled” New Orleans Series by Gwendolyn Knight, 1941

“Untitled” New Orleans Series by Gwendolyn Knight, 1941

Gwendolyn Clarine Knight preferred creating figural compositions rather than the Abstract Expressionist paintings that other artists of her generation embraced. Knight’s vibrant paintings, primarily portraits and images of dancing figures, express her personal response to life experiences and reveal an abiding interest in her West African heritage. Her experimentation with improvisation and movement is best captured in her “quick, lyrical sketches rendered as etchings and monoprints” that she created at the end of her career.

She studied with Lois Maillou Jones, printmaker James Lesesne Wells, and Augusta Savage.


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