Black Jesus

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Created by
Hunter, Clementine, American, ca. 1886 - 1988
oil on canvas board
H x W (Canvas): 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Frame: 16 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 3/16 in. (41.9 x 34.3 x 0.5 cm)
Place made
Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1985
This oil painting depicts a human figure with arms extended horizontally. The figure wears a long loose dark red/brown robe that flares outward towards the hem. The figure's head, an oval with two white spots for eyes as the only defined features, has short lines radiating outward from the scalp. There are two small round red spots over the figure's chest. At the ends of each horizontal arm is a larger oblong of paint. Each oblong has a streak of red trickling from the center. At the bottom of the figure are two short triangular brush strokes. Each triangular shape has a red streak running through the middle. To the right of the figure are two short vertical lines crossed by three horizontal short lines. They are done in a dark reddish-brown color. Pencil lines are visible underneath the brush strokes. There is a dark grey blue line of color across the top of the painting, and a green line across the bottom.
African American
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Henley A. Hunter, Kathey N. Hunter, and Anne Kathryn Hunter
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Cane River Art Corporation
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On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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