Springfield Museum of Art collection includes a painting by Biden inaugural artist

As a landscape artist, Duncanson was the grandson of an emancipated Virginia slave and spent much of his time in the Cincinnati area. During the Civil War he lived between Canada and the United Kingdom.

Duncanson died in 1872 at the height of his success. Although Duncanson is considered one of the first great black artists, according to Jones, he is not very well known outside of Ohio and was buried in an unmarked grave until 2018. However, his painting in the White House is getting the attention it deserves.

Duncanson’s 1859 painting “Landscape with a Rainbow” was presented to Biden and Vice President Kamla Harris as a gift on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. First Lady Jill Biden suggested the painting on the positive, according to a Washington Post story, of the nature of a rainbow.

Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo, presents a painting to President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden while Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff watch the post-59 inauguration gift ceremony presentation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Wednesday, January 20, 2021. The painting is by Robert S. Duncanson, a well-known artist in Ohio in the 19th century. (Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images / Pool Photo via AP)

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Among the works of the black artists exhibited at SMOA are Aminah Robinson, a tribute to fellow artist Dr. Selma H. ​​Burke, who created the picture of Franklin D. Roosevelt in no time at all; “Freedom: a Fable” a book by the contemporary artist Kara Walker; two pieces by Cincinnati artist Davina Fisher; and a large format portrait of Lawrence Baker in the Chakeres Art Lab.

SMOA pieces on loan include a carving by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce in a Philadelphia gallery and a quilt piece by Rosie Lee Tompkins. And there are many black artists whose work is kept in the SMOA’s permanent collection, Jones said.

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“I really hope the public will appreciate the variety of artists and works at the Springfield Museum of Art,” said Jones.

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