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Archibald John Jr. Motley

  • CountryUnited States
  • Born1891
  • Died1981


Archibald J. Motley, Junior was one of the first of several artists to concentrate on African American life in his paintings. Even though he never worked or lived in Harlem, his work provided a foundation for much of the work that became identified with the Harlem Renaissance. Motley is best-known for his portraits and genre scenes of Chicago’s Black Belt.