Happy 117th Birthday William H. Johnson


Today is the 117th birthday of the artist William H. Johnson. His primitive style of painting African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance has become the visual record of the jazz and poetry that was created in that period. His works are complexly simple and effortlessly convey entire stories. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.

William H. Johnson 1NAME: William H. Johnson
BIRTH DATE: March 18, 1901
DEATH DATE: April 13, 1970
EDUCATION: National Academy of Design
PLACE OF BIRTH: Florence, South Carolina
PLACE OF DEATH: Central Islip, Long Island, New York

BEST KNOWN FOR: William H. Johnson was an artist who made use of as primitive style of painting to depict the experience of African-Americans during the 1930s and ’40s.

Artist William Henry Johnson was born on March…

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