Marian Anderson (1897-1993)

Object Number: 
1947.216
Date: 
c. 1940-45
Medium: 
Watercolor, gouache, white tempera, and charcoal on heavy watercolor paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 27 1/4 x 20 5/8 in. (69.2 x 52.4 cm)
Description: 
Portrait
Gallery Label: 
In 1939, Marian Anderson (1897-1993) a celebrated African American contralto was denied the right to perform in Constitution Hall in Washington, DC on grounds of traditional racial segregation. She subsequently devoted much of her life to improving prospects for blacks in the performing arts. Among other events, she is remembered for singing at President John F. Kennedy's inaugural in 1961.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Provenance: 
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group