Portrait Art for Sale: Expatriate African Americans in Paris
Oil paintings of twelve highlights from black history who at some point wrote, performed, painted, sculpted, found inspiration, or were allowed the freedom of their craft during their stay Paris as expats living in France during the 20th century
- Raisin treated oil on canvas painting of Eugene Bullard - World's first black fighter pilot and recipient of The Croix de Guerre and Medaile Militaire for heroic service to France during World War I
- Raisin treated oil painting of musician Sydney Bechet - jazzman before Louis Armstrong, who was lionized and referred to as “Le Dieu” (The God) by the French
- Raisin treated oil on canvas painting of legendary performer, and nightclub owner Bricktop, who charmed and dazzled European elites, royalties, and aristocrats alike
- Raisin treated oil on canvas art of entertainer Josephine Baker who broke all color barriers in France and racked up a list of “first woman to accomplish..” in numerous areas and became the recipient of the highest French military honor.
- Raisin treated oil painting of writers Chester Himes, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin and their infamous showdown at one of their chill-outs’ spots - Les Deux Magots
- Raisin treated oil on canvas art of restaurateur Leroy Haynes who took soul food Paris and served up ‘folksiness’ as dessert.
- Raisin treated oil painting of scholar Anna Julia Cooper, the first African American woman to receive her PhD from La Sorbonne and whose famous declaration that, "The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class - it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity", is inscribed in every American passport
- Raisin treated oil painting of African American female artists in France - Lois Mailou-Jones, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet
- Raisin treated oil on canvas art of African American male artist in France - Henry O Tanner, Beauford Delaney, Herbert Gentry, and Ed Clark
- Raisin treated oil on canvas painting of novelists Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen in Paris
- Raisin treated oil on canvas art of maid and mistress, “Dashing Sally Hemings" who served Thomas Jefferson tea and intimacy in Paris while he served as American Minister to France
- Raisin treated oil painting of musician Miles Davis, who brought Hard-bop to France
Ealy Mays’ black history month art gallery featuring oil paintings and canvas art of black expatriates during their stay in Paris.