not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930s to Today

"And even if I have studied for many years and all over the world, . . . I have still been able to preserve the primitive in me. . . . My aim is to express in a natural way what I feel, what is in me, both rhythmically and spiritually,

all that which in time has been saved up in my family of primitiveness and tradition, and which is now concentrated in me." William H. Johnson.
For a brief biography, see the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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