Category Archives: William H. Johnson

Paint it Blue – Published

Paint it Blue, the long-anticipated collection of stories about painters, has been published and is now available. Introduction – We wonder what they’re thinking, so we ask Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. And you, Picasso, what are you really like? Vincent van Gogh, please tell us more about your agony and inspiration. We must also […]

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William H. Johnson Alive

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Sources: The seminal book about this subject is Homecoming, The Art and Life of William H. Johnson by Richard J. Powell. The Smithsonian Institution’s art website is also invaluable, providing color images of most of Johnson’s work. “William H. Johnson, An American Modern” by several […]

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Garden Party for William H. Johnson

(A major feature about painter William H. Johnson, 1901-1970, will be posted later this spring.) I wish William H. Johnson, gifted painter of a unique world, were at this party honoring young African American artists, staged by the foundation bearing his name, at an elegant old two-story home near the Wilshire district in Los Angeles. […]

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