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An Archive for Virtual Harlem

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Harlem Renaissance Artist Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, 1877-1968

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to William H. Warrick and Emma Jones Warrick. She was a multi-talented artist who wrote poetry, painted, and sculpted; her "art celebrating Afrocentric themes." The French press named her "the delicate sculptor of horrors" and Auguste Rodin described her as "one of the most imaginative Black artists of her generation." Fuller was generally considered one of the first African-American female sculptors of importance and a member of the Harlem Renaissance. She became one of the most effective chroniclers of the black experience within the context of the American experience. Her sculptures represented life, nature, religion and the nation. Fuller's work symbolized a new black identity that was emerging through the Renaissance and represented a pridefulness in African and black heritage and identity. 

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