Untitled, Ibiza – 1956, Gouache & Watercolor, 17 7/8″ x 11″

Beauford Delaney

(1901-1979) Known for his lyrical abstractions of color and light, Delaney moved to New York City in 1929. His paintings of the 1940s and early 1950s consisted largely of portraits, modernist interiors, and street scenes executed in impasto with broad areas of vibrant colors. His interest in the arts included poetry and jazz, and he moved through the circles of both black and white artists and intellectuals in New York with relative ease, but he was also nagged by constant feelings of marginalization, along the lines of race, class, and sexuality.

Selected Collections:

The Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Arizona African-American Museum, Phoeniz, AZ
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, TN
Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Palmer Museum of Art
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
Smithsonian Americam Art Museum, Washington, DC
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City
Virtual Museum of Canada