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Portrait of Langston Hughes
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Portrait of Langston Hughes

Aaron Douglas, American, 1899 - 1979

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1926

Woodcut with hand-applied metallic paint or ink

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)

© Heirs of Aaron Douglas / Licensed by VAGA, New York

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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

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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.