Beauford met Palmer Hayden during his early New York years. They, along with painters Ellis Wilson and Joseph Delaney (Beauford's brother) formed a group called "The Saints."
Beauford and Hayden became lifelong friends. It was Hayden who first gave Beauford the idea to travel to France.
The photograph below was taken at Washington Square in New York City, a location where outdoor art fairs were held for several years.
Photo from the National Archives, Harmon Collection
Thanks to a tip from friend and colleague Michele Simms-Burton, I am able to share a silent video clip during which you can see Beauford and Hayden at this very scene! In the still frame for the video, you can see Beauford walking toward Hayden as Hayden sits at his easel.
Click on the image below to watch the 1:25 minute segment, which is part of a longer video called "A Study of Negro Artists (1936)." Beauford appears for a few seconds beginning at 0:50 seconds into the clip.