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    KATHLEEN BLACKSHEAR (American, 1897-1988)
    Smoke Break
    Gouache and watercolor on paper
    18-1/4 x 24-1/8 inches (46.4 x 61.3 cm) (sheet)
    PROVENANCE:
    From the Estate of Kathleen Blackshear.

    In 1897, Kathleen Blackshear was born at Navasota, Texas. As a child she befriended the children of the African-Americans who picked cotton
    for her family, and those relationships would have a profound influence on her life and her work. She showed an early aptitude for art, and
    later attended school at The Art Institute of Chicago. Blackshear began teaching there in 1926, and co-authored two art text books. Throughout
    her career, she depicted African-American subjects, inspired by her childhood memories, as well as her experiences in Chicago. In the 1920s,
    Chicago experienced a period known as the Black Chicago Renaissance, which has recently gained more attention after being overshadowed
    by the more widely known Harlem Renaissance. In 1939, art critic C.J. Bulliet called her, "Chicago's most sympathetic, most understanding
    painter of the American Negro." While many white artists of the period treated African-Americans as merely exotic subjects or, in some cases,
    exploited them through racist archetypes, Blackshear inspired and championed her black students within the larger arts community



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    November, 2013
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