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Exhibition - Approaching Abstraction

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Solomon's Bride

20th Century
18 x 14 3/4 in. (46 x 37 cm)

Paul F., Jr. Keene, American, (1920–2009)
Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, American, b. 1972

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America, United States, Pennsylvania
Medium and Support: Serigraph
Credit Line: Purchased with funds provided by the Art Angels
Accession Number: 17-G-4993
Keene was born in Philadelphia and earned a B.A. and an M.F.A. from Temple University's Tyler School of Art, both in 1948. He served as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II, and then lived several years in Paris and in Haiti before returning to teach at Philadelphia College of Art and Bucks County Community College.

Keene’s artworks were inspired by his personal experiences at home and abroad. His works explore cultural ideas, including Haitian voodoo practices, urban American street scenes, and contemporary jazz music. This print, Solomon’s Bride, portrays a woman at a window, or possibly a portrait painting, framed within a circle upon a colorful striped wall. As in many of Keene’s images, the figure’s head is haloed, evoking references to religious icons and deified heroes. The image reflects Keene’s lifelong interest in biblical and spiritual themes and is related to other images from the 1980s, such as his Myths and Legends series.

-Tricia Sackor, Class of 2017
Curatorial Intern
Current Location: In Storage


- Approaching Abstraction: African American Art from the Permanent Collection, Curated by Dr. Klare Scarborough, La Salle University Art Museum, March 15 - June 15, 2017.


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