Portrait of Langston Hughes

Aaron Douglas, American, 1899 - 1979

Date:
c. 1926

Medium:
Woodcut with hand-applied metallic paint or ink

Dimensions:
Block: 5 x 3 15/16 inches (12.7 x 10 cm) Sheet: 7 7/16 x 5 7/16 inches (18.9 x 13.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2004-189-2

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund and the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection (by exchange), 2004

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Label:
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was one of the most sought-after and published young poets of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s-1930s. This rare woodcut portrait of Hughes by Aaron Douglas, long regarded as the leading artist of that period, perfectly captures the youthful exuberance and poetic spirit of this halcyon period in African American arts and letters.