Country Road, Missouri

Henry Bannarn (American, 1910 – 1965)
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Work : 9 x 12 in. (22.86 x 30.48 cm)
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Purchased with funds donated by Judith Kingma Hazelton ‘56
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African American artist Henry Bannarn experienced the effects of the Great Migration as a child when his family moved from Oklahoma to Minnesota. He grew up in Minneapolis and studied at the Minneapolis School of Arts before moving to New York City in the 1930s, where he was hired to teach at the Harlem Art Workshop. Known primarily as a sculptor and painter, Bannarn was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance art world. This painting of a modest house along a country road in Missouri reflects the nostalgia felt by many African Americans for the simpler, rustic life they left behind as a result of the Great Migration. It is notable that this painting dates to 1941, the same year that Bannarn’s former student, Jacob Lawrence, also completed a major series of paintings inspired by the Great Migration. 

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