Jun 6, 2018

Sandy and Her Husband

Sandy and Her Husband


Emma Amos

(American, 1937–2020)

Oil on canvas

112.4 x 127.6 cm (44 1/4 x 50 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2018.24

Did you know?

The image of the young woman behind the couple is a self-portrait of Amos titled Flower Sniffer (1966), in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.


In Sandy and Her Husband, the dancing couple at the center of the image is joined by Amos herself: the artist inserted herself into the picture by rendering an earlier self-portrait, Flower Sniffer (1966), which hangs on the wall behind the couple. However, even as Amos is part of the composition, she is peripheral to the scene, unseen or ignored by the dancers. From the early 1960s until her death in 2020, Amos made paintings, prints, and textiles celebrating African American identity and culture, and often exploring women’s presence within that heritage.


Sandy and Her Husband
Sandy and Her Husband
See also
CONTEMP - Painting
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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