The sculpture depicting Florentine painter William H. Johnson stands at the entrance to the Roy Adams Breezeway in downtown Florence. Commissioned by the City of Florence, the artwork stands 11′ tall. Nathan Fields, a waiter at Victors restaurant modeled for this piece.
Well-known among historians of 20th century African-American art, William H. Johnson is Florence’s native son. With his art study in New York at the National Academy of Design and his further study in Paris, Johnson’s painting style evolved from realism to modernism. It was in Scandinavia, where he lived with his wife, Danish textile artist Holcha Krake, that he developed a powerful folk style. Returning to the US, Johnson became known for primitivism, often relating to the African-American community in which he grew up.
William H. Johnson
Roy Adams Breezeway
160 West Evans Street
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