Mar 20, 2017
Mar 20, 2017




Norman Lewis

(American, 1909–1979)

Oil on canvas

Overall: 122.6 x 184.5 cm (48 1/4 x 72 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2017.1

Did you know?

Norman Lewis was the son of parents who had emigrated to the U.S. from Bermuda.


During the Civil Rights Movement, Lewis sought to align his interest in abstraction with current events. With its black and white palette, Alabama offers a symbolic duality for a time entrenched in racial conflict. Furthermore, the painting's composition has prompted viewers to draw additional associations from its abstract shapes, such as a nighttime Ku Klux Klan gathering.


See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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