The Bridge Party

Charles White is an acclaimed painter and muralist whose experience with the Works Progress Administration public projects enforced his desire to use art as a tool to educate about and promote African American contributions to culture and politics. His portraits are known for their representations of human dignity and the strength of working class communities. As with other works by White, "The Bridge Party" employs a dramatic perspective and tight composition—grouping the figures as if contained by the support itself, with a rich palette of warm hues and exaggerated features. White is able to draw out characteristics, expressions and styles of dress that offer an honest yet poetic narrative whose clues portray the realistic human relationships and situations of the time.

Charles White
22" x 17" Oil on canvas 1938

The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art

One of the most important collections of African American visual art dating from the 18th century to the present, the collection includes 62 works from Edward Bannister, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Robert S. Duncanson, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence and others. This collection forms the foundation of a multidisciplinary center for the study, understanding and appreciation of African American art and culture. Items from the collection have previously rotated in the Evans Center Gallery and through unique exhibitions such as the 2012 "Life's Link: A Fred Wilson Installation," and the 2017 travelling exhibition of Jacob Lawrence's work.

22" x 17"
Oil on canvas
Not On View