John Woodrow Wilson / Mother and Child / 1952John Woodrow Wilson
Mother and Child

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Creator Name: Wilson, John Woodrow
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1922
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Roxbury, MA
Creator Name-CRT: John Woodrow Wilson
Title: Mother and Child
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1952
Creation End Date: 1952
Creation Date: 1952
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Print
Materials and Techniques: lithograph
Dimensions: Sheet: 66.3cm x 50.4cm, Image: 54.8cm x 47.1cm
Inscriptions: numbered. titled, and signed below image in graphite:13/50
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.51
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund

John Wilson, an African-American artist from Boston, studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, assisted in the establishment of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and taught at Boston University for more than 20 years. Wilson has worked primarily as a draftsman and sculptor. His most important commission was a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the United States Capitol (1986).

Wilson's strong interest in the human condition and his extraordinary feeling for dark tonalities and sculptural effects are revealed in figural images of African-American life. Parents and children portrayed in loving, protective poses suggesting universal values are a recurring theme. The oversized hands and the large-scale, solidly modeled, yet slightly abstracted figure of the woman in Mother and Child reveal Wilson's training with the Parisian modernist painter Fernand L├ęger in the 1940s. Also evident is the impact of Wilson's experience in the early 1950s during a fellowship in Mexico City, where he was attracted to the powerful imagery of Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera.

AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.51
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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