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Campesinos (Peasants)

John Woodrow Wilson, American, 1922 - 2015


Duco on Masonite

23 1/2 x 30 inches (59.7 x 76.2 cm)

© John Wilson / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by Marion Boulton Stroud, 2005

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African American artist John Woodrow Wilson was inspired by the work of Mexican modernists after seeing a 1942 group exhibition at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum. He realized his dream of seeing the public murals of José Clemente Orozco (1883 - 1949), David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896 - 1974), and Diego Rivera (1886 - 1957) firsthand eight years later, when a John Hay Whitney Fellowship funded a trip to Mexico—where he would live for the next five years. Campesinos depicts a peasant family sitting on a third-class bus, and reveals the close connection that Wilson felt to the poor indigenous people of this country.