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(1959 – )
Robert Franklin (aka "Bob")
Brandywine Workshop and Archive
30 x 21 1/2 in. (762 x 546.1 mm)
North America, United States
Medium and Support:
Partial gift of the Brandywine Workshop and Archive and Museum Purchase with funds from the Black Art Fund, 2022.
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"This print is based on a series of drawings derived from turn off the century (early 20th) photos of African American residents of Anniston, Alabama, my place of birth. I cannot specifically identify this man but do feel a certain kinship beyond the coincidence of locality. To me he is toiling, struggling to succeed. He holds a bit of self-assuredness, confidence but also a variety of influences, experiences that identify him. Thus, the reason for the various "patches" of patterns shown. So even though this person could be thought of as an "instant ancestor" he could also be a self-portrait, and it is my intent that he works in a similar fashion for the viewer of this work."
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
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