Lawrence Fine Art

Name : Charles Alston
Biography :

 Charles Alston (1907-1977) was a member of the Harlem Renaissance, a group of African-American artists, musicians and writers who lived and worked in Harlem, New York during the Great Depression. Other members included Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Ralph Ellison, W.E.B. DuBois, Josephine Baker, Zora Neale Hurston and Gwendolyn Knight. 

Alston, like many artists of the time, got started by painting murals for the Works Progress Administration.  His subjects were initially rejected because they were considered to focus too much on the African-American experience.  In the 1950s, he moved to abstraction, often influenced by an African aesthetic.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was a major influence on Alston and this period is considered to be one of his most powerful and impressive. He very often stuck to monochromatic hues during this period--cream, ochre, black, white and grey. One critic called these "some of the most profoundly beautiful works of twentieth-century American art."

His work can be found in the collection of the Whitney Museum, among other museum collections.

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