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Modern Art Monday Presents: Let My People Go By Aaron Douglas

Let My People Go
Photos By Gail

Kansas-born Aaron Douglas (1899 – 1979) was the leading visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance, the great flowering of the arts in the 1920s and 1930s in New York’s predominantly African American neighborhood. Rendered in Douglas’s flat silhouetted style and with lavender and yellow-gold hues, this work, Let My People Go (1935-39), depicts the Old Testament story about God’s order to Moses to lead the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt.

Ministers, abolitionists , and politicians from the nineteenth-century through the Civil Rights era have related this story to the oppression of African Americans. Light Symbolizing God’s command radiates down and envelops the kneeling figure of Moses. Douglas derived this composition from a design he created in 1927 for God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, a collaboration with author and activist James Weldon Johnson.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

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Moses and Ramses Action Figures!

Moses and Ramses Action Figures
Photo By Gail

Wishing all of my Readers a Happy first day of Passover and a Happy Good Friday!

Moses and Ramses were photographed in the Gift Shop at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, Manhattan.

RIP Charlton Heston

Moses Rocks

Charlton Heston, as Moses, Parts The Red Sea

Hollywood legend Charlton Heston passed away over the weekend at age 83. Although I was never a fan of Heston’s misguided support of the NRA or his wacky right wing political views, he was a pretty good actor. I especially enjoyed his fine performance as Moses in The Ten Comandments, which I try to watch whenever it is on TV.