Aaron Douglas was a 20th century African-American artist credited as the founder of the Harlem Renaissance. He was born in Kansas and educated in Topeka and then in Michigan at the Detroit Museum of Art. He intended to study further in Paris, but remained in New York, in Harlem, working and painting. He lectured widely in America encouraging other black art students in their careers.
He is best known for his silhouette paintings, of which "Aspiration" 1936, held by the de Young Museum in San Francisco, is his most famous.
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