African American art history can be traced back to the slave communities of the Southern U.S. which was influenced by art in West and Central Africa. After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, African American artists became more mainstream figures.
Some of the most famous and best known artists if African American oil painting are William H. Johnson, Palmer Hayden, Charles E. Porter and William Sidney Mount.
The Harlem Renaissance Art Movement was active from around 1918 to the 1930's and offered a platform for many African-American artists to be part of a formal movement.
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