Silent Song #2 (Nocturne)

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

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As an artist dedicated to promoting civil rights, White gravitated to printmaking early in his career for its technical and visual accessibility. When White began making metal etchings, he excelled at the technique, producing images of Black Americans with the same sensitivity and detail as seen in his drawings. Here, White shows a young boy in profile, his eyes raised toward the sky. The artist surrounds the boy’s delicate features with an abstract thicket of lines. By altering tones, as well as the depth, length, and thickness of lines, White creates contrasting outlines and dramatic lighting.

Silent Song #2 (Nocturne), Charles Wilbert White (American, Chicago, Illinois 1918–1979 Los Angeles, California), Etching and drypoint

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