William Henry Johnson Three Children Neckerchief

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This colorful neckerchief features William Henry Johnson's (American, 1901–1970) triple portrait of fabulously dressed young ladies, whose vibrant hats inform the patterns on the border.

After living in Europe for more than a decade, Johnson returned to the US in 1938 and created a number of images portraying Black subjects. Johnson's aesthetic shifted dramatically over the course of his career—he was influenced by the likes of Expressionism, African sculpture, and folk art, as is evident in the varied styles of his works.

We present this item in celebration of The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism, a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the comprehensive and far-reaching ways in which Black artists have portrayed everyday modern life. In the first half of the 20th century, millions of African Americans moved away from the segregated rural South in what became known as the Great Migration, and brought about the so-called Harlem Renaissance by revitalizing New York City's Harlem neighborhood with exceptional art, music, dance, theater, and more. Visit the exhibition at The Met Fifth Avenue from February 25 through July 28, 2024.

100% silk twill, 21 in. square