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  • We acquired this object.

1934

  • Work on this object began.

2017

Painting, Go Down Death, 1934

This is a painting. It was painted by Aaron Douglas.

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.

It is dated 1934. Its medium is oil on masonite.

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.

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