Study for Nigger Heaven
@ Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, USA
DescriptionResearch in ProgressStudy for an illustration for Knopf's 1929 edition of Carl van Vechten's controversial novel, Nigger Heaven, originally published in 1926. At center, two figures are interlocked: one standing, the other one kneeling with their arms wrapped around the standing figure's legs. The standing figure (at left) wears a pink dress, and pushes their right hand into the face of the keeling figure. The figure in pink's left arm is raised above the keeling figure's head. The kneeling figure wears a black suit.
Pen And Black In, Brush And Watercolor On Paper
Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer