A Brief Look At Archibald Motley

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The 1920s and 1930s was a time when everyone was inspired by jazz and urban, black expression. It was a moment when modern African American culture took people's imagination. Archibald Motley, an visual artist, born in 1891 in New Orleans, LA and raised in Chicago, IL was one of the most widely recognized African American artists in the 20th century. And one of the most important 20th century artist in Chicago. He contributed to artistry of black culture and history in many different ways. Not to mention, Motley was a great importance during the Harlem Renaissance time period, known as a symbolic painter. Greatly known for his paintings of jazz culture in passionate city scenes and black social life. Motley made many contributions to life in …show more content…

His grandmother was a very important person in his life. She was very culturally and personally important and familiar as the strong, black woman who was in the head of her family at all times. Within this painting he surrounds her with items she had loved. There's a dish filled with grapes, bananas, and apples; a family bible; and a painting made by her daughter. Motley reveals his sentimental connection with his grandmother by doing that particular concept. This traditional painting is very artistic and captivating, that portrays many textures, modeling of surfaces, three dimensions, and more. Correspondingly, showing elements that represent his grandmother. Throughout Motleys paintings, he expressed the everyday life of African Americans by embracing gravity and …show more content…

She is looking closely and intently at the socks as she repairs it; lips firmly puckered. Covered in a fringe shawl that is red plaid with a cameo brooch placed onto it; dressed in a dark skirt, white long-sleeved shirt, wearing wire-rimmed glasses. There is a table next to her with a blue and white cloth; covered with the many items she loved, including other socks waiting to be mended. Not to mention, the socks seem to be shaped like Africa, which is where his grandmother have resided once before. Some other items include: scissors, a ceramic, bobbin thread, and a glass. In addition to that, on the wall shows a portrait of his grandmother's former slave family member. Allowing to show his ability to demonstrate different brush styles in one piece of painting. Not to mention, leaving the painting in the left corner blurry and dim and his grandmother detailed and realistic. Portraying that his grandmother's past was left in the past and she is the life of the

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