Painting, Go Down Death, 1934
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from The Cleveland Museum of Art as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.
Painted by Douglas after his earlier illustration for songwriter and later civil rights advocate James Weldon Johnson’s book of poetry God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927), this work depicts the Angel of Death riding at God’s command to bring the soul of a dying woman back to heaven.
It is credited
The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund and Gift of Prof. and Mrs. David C. Driskell, 2005.181.
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Its dimensions are
Framed: 124.46 x 93.98 x 3.81 cm (49 x 37 x 1 1/2 inches); Unframed: 121.90 x 91.50 cm (47 15/16 x 36 inches)
It is signed
signed "A. Douglas" lower right corner in purple paint
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.