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Charles White

Charles White (1918-1979), an artist recognized for his extraordinary draftsmanship, dedicated his life and work to examining the histories and strengths of African-American culture. Although primarily studies for larger works, these drawings and watercolors poignantly demonstrate the artist’s drawing skills as well as his devotion to working on paper. 

During his long and active career, White produced etchings, lithographs, drawings, paintings and murals. His works are included in more than fifty major museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


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 Works on Paper


Dental Exam c. 1935-38
Pencil on Paper
9 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches
Standing Nude c. 1935-38
Pen and Ink over Pencil on Paper

9 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches

Design for Block Print
c. 1935-38
Pencil on Paper
9 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches
Woman in Blue Dress c. 1935-38 
Watercolor on Paper
8 3/4 x 6 inches
Help! Chicago c. 1935-38 
Pencil on Newsprint taped to Wove Paper
9 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches
    Woman in Dress c. 1935-38 
Watercolor on Paper
9 x 6 inches


Portrait of a Young Woman
c. 1935-38
Pen and Ink Wash on Paper
10 x 7 1/2 inches


Young Woman with Hand at Mouth
c. 1935-38
Pencil on Paper
9 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches
Reclining Woman in Trousers
c. 1935-38
Pen and Ink over Pencil on Paper
7 5/8 x 10 inches