Charles Wilbert White American
Printer Joseph Mugnani American, born Italy
Printer Hugo Mugnani American

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White believed in creating representational art that would connect with the public as well as advocate for racial, economic, and social justice. Active for several decades, White had a profound influence on generations of artists and students. His art consistently reflected his mission to create positive images of Black Americans. He depicted both celebrated people, such as the social reformer Frederick Douglass, and anonymous figures. Childhood was a reoccurring motif in White’s work. Here, White shows the head and shoulders of a young girl, who turns her face to look off the edge of the sheet. While generally a realistic work, the image incorporates elements of abstraction like the deeply textured crosshatching in the girl’s hair.

Melinda, Charles Wilbert White (American, Chicago, Illinois 1918–1979 Los Angeles, California), Etching and drypoint

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