Two Figures

David Ross American

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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, mountain-like 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.

Two Figures, David Ross (American, 1908–1980), Woodcut

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