The Art of Black History

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  • Barkley Leonnard Hendricks
  • Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller
  • James Lesesne Wells
  • Charles Wilbert White
  • Marilyn Nance
  • Mary Edmonia Lewis
  • Hale Aspacio Woodruff, Amistad
  • Dindga McCannon
  • Malcolm X, Gordon Parks
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Marvin Gaye, Ernie Barnes

"African Nude" (1980)

This piece by James Lesesne Wells draws inspiration from the style of odalisques, the sexualized renderings of female slaves in the Ottoman Empire popularized during the 19th century. (Photo: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, nga.gov)