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Stephanie Pogue

Aaron's Meadow, 1977

Color viscosity etching on paper

15" x 21"


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Aaron's Meadow

Like that of David Driskell, Stephanie Pogue's career as an art professor and art collector has had a lasting impact upon her growth and development as an artist. Her 1977 etching Aaron's Meadow, for example, was created as an homage to the renowned Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas. An avid collector of Douglas's work, Pogue created Aaron's Meadow as a testament to the quiet, genteel, highly intellectual man who had dedicated his life to the production and promotion of dignified, positive images of African American life and history.

Pogue's inclusion of Douglas's distinctive vegetation, which appeared in such works as his 1934 mural Aspects of Negro Life and the 1935 mural Evolution of the Negro Dance, pays homage to Douglas's aesthetic sensibilities. Pogue explained that she combined the concept of a peaceful meadow with images from Douglas's own stylistic vocabulary to infuse the work with an aura of quiet contemplation, creating a feeling of intimacy between the audience and her testament to Douglas.   T. F.

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