it sings to me

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Finally made my way to the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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This lively cartoon-like painting, Blind Singer, 1942, by William Henry Johnson really caught my eye.

Johnson (1901-1970) was an African-American painter born in Florence, South Carolina. He was influenced by European modernism as well as Danish folk art.

After his death in 1970, his entire life’s work was almost disposed of to save storage fees, but it was rescued by friends at the last moment, giving more than 1,000 paintings, watercolors, and prints by Johnson to the Smithsonian Art Museum (then the National Museum of American Art).

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