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The idea for the Illustrious Women series came to me in early 2017. It seemed there was a collective need to celebrate the feminine, and I wanted to draw attention to and educate myself about the many women who have gone before me- women who lived the lives they wanted to and bettered the world in the process.
- Original gouache painting on 100% cotton paper
- Paper is approximately 5x6 inches; shown in 10x12 frames
- Signed on reverse
Josephine Baker was a celebrated entertainer and activist who was born in St. Louis, MO in 1906. She started out in smaller shows in the US, but achieved celebrity status in France, where society was more integrated and accepting of her scantily-clad dancing. Her "Danse Sauvage" banana skirt act at the Folies Bergere is iconic, and she and her performances were extremely sought after. She received many gifts and proposals, but despite marrying four times supported herself as she had done since her teen years. She used her earnings to care for many animals and she also adopted 12 children. Despite her European fame and success, when she returned to the US to perform, she faced harsh reviews and discrimination due to her skin color. On her return to France, she worked on behalf of French government intelligence and the Free French movement. After the war, she began performing again and returned to the US, where she won a public battle over the desegregation of her audience. She became involved the American civil rights movement and worked with the NAACP and Martin Luther King Jr. She died in 1975, only a few days following a career retrospective performance that earned her rave reviews.
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