Into Bondage 1936
Oil on canvas, 153.4 x 153.7 cm
In the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art,Washington DC,USA
Museum Purchase and Partial Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr.
The Evans - Tibbs Collection
Aaron Douglas was the Harlem Renaissance artist whose work best exemplified
the 'New Negro' philosophy. He painted murals for public buildings and produced
illustrations and cover designs for many black publications including The
Crisis and Opportunity. In 1940 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee,
where he founded the Art Department at Fisk University and taught for twenty
"...Our problem is to conceive, develop, establish an art era. Not
white art painting black...let's bare our arms and plunge them deep through
laughter, through pain, through sorrow, through hope, through disappointment,
into the very depths of the souls of our people and drag forth material
crude, rough, neglected. Then let's sing it, dance it, write it, paint it.
Let's do the impossible. Let's create something transcendentally material,
mystically objective. Earthy. Spiritually earthy. Dynamic."
Amy Helene Kirschke, 'The Evolution of Douglas's Artistic Language',
Aaron Douglas, Art, Race & The Harlem Renaissance.