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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Man in African Dress

I was privileged to view an original Beauford Delaney painting in a private collection in Paris.

Man in African Dress
(1972) Watercolor on Paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

This work was shown at the Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow exposition mounted by the High Museum in Atlanta, so it was a rare treat for me to be able to view it "up close and personally."

Identification sticker (rear)
© Discover Paris!

The current owner was kind enough allow me to photograph the painting, removing the frame to avoid reflections.

Beauford's signature (lower left)
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Dedication (lower right)
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Man in African Dress (detail)
(1972) Watercolor on Paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

He has only vague recollections of Beauford as being one among many visitors at his home when he was a child.

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