Going to Church

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William H. Johnson painted rural scenes inspired in part by his memories of growing up in South Carolina. A family of four ride on an oxcart toward a distant hill, where three crosses mark their physical destination as well as their spiritual home on Calvary. The flat composition, comprisedĀ of clashing hues arranged in stripes and color blocks, recalls the story quilts made of scraps pieced together by African American women.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 31A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
ca. 1940-1941
Object number
1967.59.1003
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation
Artist
William H. Johnson, born Florence, SC 1901-died Central Islip, NY 1970
Topic
Figure group
Architecture\religious\church
Ethnic\African-American
Animal\cattle
Travel\land\cart
Medium
oil on burlap
Dimensions
38 1/8 x 45 3/8 in. (96.8 x 115.4 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting