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New Day

20th Century
20th Century
31 5/8 x 35 1/2 in. (80.3 x 90.2 cm)

Walter H. Williams, American, (1920–1998)

Object Type: PAINTINGS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Benjamin D. Bernstein
Accession Number: 00-P-469
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Williams was an important African American artist, known for his idyllic images of carefree children and sunflowers. After completing his studies at the Brooklyn Museum School, he traveled to Mexico, London, Rome, and Copenhagen, where he eventually settled and spent the remainder of his life. New Day, painted early in Williams’ career, depicts a salesman at a fruit and vegetable stand, with the orange and red colors of the early morning sun saturating the scene. The painting was exhibited in the Annual Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1955.

This painting was conserved with support from the Stockman Family Foundation in 2012. For details, visit our online conservation exhibit: http://artmuseum.lasalle.edu
Current Location: Art Museum : 20 C Gallery

Conservation
- 2011-2012 - Conserved with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
For more information: http://artmuseum.lasalle.edu/exhibits/show/conservation-treatments/paintings/new-day

- 2009 - In need of conservation - Included in IMLS conservation survey
For more information: http://artmuseum.lasalle.edu/exhibits/show/conservation-surveys/paintings/new-day

Exhibitions


- Benjamin Bernstein: A Memorial Exhibition,
Curated by Madeleine Viljoen and Caroline Wistar, La Salle University Art Museum, Spring 2005.

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