Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Portrait of Langston Hughes
Aaron Douglas, American, 1899 - 1979
Woodcut touched with brush and metallic ink
Currently not on view
2004-189-2Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund and the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection (by exchange), 2004
LabelLangston 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.