I’ve been ‘Buked and I’ve been Scorned, Charles White, 1956

Medium: Charcoal on paper
Dimensions: 25 x 36 in.
Credit Line: From the Edmund W. and Susan G. Gordon Private Collection donated to the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin © The Charles White Archives

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Charles White (American, 1918–1979) learned from his Mississippi-born mother, herself the granddaughter of an enslaved woman, “to see how much the peace and human dignity of the world will be protected and won by the simple, ordinary people.” He deeply admired her moral strength, and throughout four decades as a professional artist, he often created powerful images of strong, steadfast black women.