Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Two Figures

Artist:
David Ross (American, 1908–1980)
Date:
1938
Medium:
Woodcut
Dimensions:
5 5/8 × 4 1/2 in. (14.3 × 11.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Reba and Dave Williams, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.529.138
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Ross was a central figure in the African American art scene in Chicago in the 1930s and 1940s. Part of the group of black artists around painter George Neal, he helped found the South Side Community Art Center in 1940. Art historians have hypothesized that this dramatic woodcut may have been intended as a book illustration. Surrounded by a white, mountainlike form, the figures seem to grow out of the very earth below them. The woman, her breasts and hair hewn as though from rock, crouches in a sculptural pose beneath a man who stands with one arm raised and grips a farming tool in his other hand.
Inscription: Signed and dated (in pencil, lower right): D. ROSS. 38; (verso, lower right): D. Ross. 1938
[Noah Hoffman; sold to Williams]; Reba and Dave Williams, New York (by 1992–99; their gift to MMA)

Newark Museum, held jointly at the Equitable Gallery, New York. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," December 10, 1992–February 28, 1993, no. 73 (as "Untitled [2 figures]").

Long Beach Museum of Art. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," June 4–August 8, 1993, no. 73.

Cambridge, England. Fitzwilliam Museum. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," October 5–December 19, 1993, no. 73.

Albany. New York State Museum. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," January 5–March 13, 1994, no. 73.

New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," April 7–June 12, 1994, no. 73.

Louisville. J. B. Speed Art Museum. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," July 12–September 4, 1994, no. 73.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," October 9–December 4, 1994, no. 73.

Baltimore Museum of Art. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," January 4–February 26, 1995, no. 73.

Charleston. Gibbs Museum of Art. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," March 26–May 21, 1995, no. 73.

Miami Beach. Bass Museum of Art. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," June 18–August 13, 1995, no. 73.

Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," September 10–November 5, 1995, no. 73.

Mobile, Ala. Fine Arts Museum of the South. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," December 3, 1995–January 28, 1996, no. 73.

Brooklyn Museum. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," February 25–April 22, 1996, no. 73.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," May 17–July 14, 1996, no. 73.

Dallas Museum of Art. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," August 9–October 6, 1996, no. 73.

Saint Louis Art Museum. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," November 1, 1996–January 2, 1997, no. 73.

Atlanta. High Museum of Art. "Alone in a Crowd: Prints of the 1930's–1940s by African-American Artists; From the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," January 31–March 30, 1997, no. 73.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "African-American Artists, 1929–1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–May 4, 2003, extended to July 6, 2003, no. 4.

Lisa Gail Collins in African-American Artists, 1929–1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2003, p. 24, no. 4, ill.

Lisa Mintz Messinger in African–American Artists, 1929–1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2003, p. 19.



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