William Henry Johnson
(1901 - 1970)
William Henry Johnson was active/lived in District Of Columbia, South Carolina / Denmark, Norway. William Johnson is known for naive genre, figure, still life painting, serigraphs, drawing.
Biography William Henry Johnson
Known for distinctive modernist images of African American life,
William Johnson died destitute and deranged from syphilis, having spent
the last twenty-three years of his life in the Central Islip Sate
Hospital on Long Island. He stopped painting in 1956.
of his chief sponsors and exhibitors for his art was the New York
Harmon Foundation, which, in 1929, presented him the "Award for
Distinguished Achievements Among Negroes in the Fine Arts Field." Most
of his work was handed over to the Harmon Foundation, now defunct, by a
court that deemed his works without value. In turn the Foundation
donated the work to the Smithsonian Institution, which had a
retrospective of his work in 1970.
In 1997, a lawsui
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