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    Art Brokerage: Aaron Douglas African-American Artist: b. 1899-1979. Aaron Douglas was an American painter, illustrator and visual arts educator. He was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Painter Aaron Douglas helped cultivate the concept of the ‘New Negro’ through the illustrations of black life he contributed to Locke’s anthology of the same name. Douglas painted murals for buildings and designed the cover art for numerous black publications, including The Crisis and Opportunity. He moved to Tennessee in 1940, where he taught at Fisk University for 20 years and subsequently founded their art department. Under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, Douglas also painted a mural for the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library in Harlem. The four-panel series showcases the African American story, from Africa to enslavement in the United States to liberation after the Civil War and the creation of a new life in New York City. Listings wanted.

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