Paris Art and Oil Paintings for Sale
Artworks narrative story telling from Paris. The 19th and 20th centuries Black artistic and intellectual capital of the world. Paris is a “haven for aesthetic, refined, and sensuous enjoyment of the body as well as the spirit.” “You will enjoy Paris but don’t pre-judge. French people are only different – that’s all. Be spiritually Catholic. This is the beginning of ‘enjoying’ a fine culture.” --Alain Locke's suggestions to his protégé Langston Hughes while Hughes visited Paris.
Paris and France in general have stood at the forefront of African American intellectual and artistic development since the early 19th century. As early as 1820, Roman Catholic priest Abbé Henri Grégoire’s created “La Société des Amis des Noirs” (Friends of the blacks Society) to offer support for poet Phillis Wheatley and others. Sally and James Hemings became free citizens in Paris before returning to slavery in America out of her love for Thomas Jefferson and his promise to free her children fathered by him.
By the 1840s, ‘Les gens de couleur libres’ such as writers Armand Lanusse, Victor Séjour, and Pierre Dalcour, and poet Adoplhe Duhart, publisher and educator Louise Lamothe, all embarked on intellectual freedom in the city of Alexandre Dumas. So did Ira Aldridge, the African American actor and impressario who came to be known as 'the African Roscius' in the 1860s (after the Roman great Quintus Roscius Gallus), and who would later come to be claimed by the British after settling in England.
In denial of American 'citizenship' and the privileged passport by the American government Frederick Douglass obtained the permission of the French government to visit in 1859 and fell in love with the city. Meeting the same fate, William Monroe Trotter stowed himself away as a ship hand on the SS Yarmouth, to deliver a petition to the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919.
Painter Henry Ossawa Tanner settled there in 1891. Other artists such as Augusta Savage, Archibald Motley, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, Meta Vaux Walker-Fuller, Hale Woodruff, and Palmer Hayden soon made the journey. W.E.B. du Bois, Mary Church Terrell, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, Carter G. Woodson, and other 19th and 20th century black intellectuals also found their first taste of freedom in Paris, and the heartbeats of the Harlem Renaissance including Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Jessie Redmon Fauset also made their tours.
This continued into the age of the black writers with Richard Wright, William Gardner-Smith, Richard Gibson, Ollie Harrington, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes and artist such as Romare Bearden, Harold Cousins, Lois Mailou Jones, Ed Clark, Herbert Gentry, and Beauford Delaney.
For the African American intellectual and artistic mind, Paris has long been the center of aesthetics, beauty, and intellectual stimulation. More importantly for the African American in Paris, is the sense that you are left alone, free of a certain paranoid fear which permeates each turn behind the wheel of a car in America. James Baldwin defined the near "absence of social paranoia" to the French's long tradition and reverence for intellectual efforts combined with their lack of fear of loosing status long enshrined in centuries of culture, heritage, class structure, and ancestry. The French appreciate art and literature above any appetite for racism, out of fear of loosing their own place in their society.
Story telling through art narratives of Paris and its occupied space in the world of politics, art, and literature, and its rich legacy of African American artistic and intellectual endeavors and achievements. The heart of exiled black consciousness in Paris continues to beat with the thoughts of James Baldwin, the feelings of Richard Wright, the angst of Chester Himes, and the poignancy of Ralph Ellison.
Louvre exhibited contemporary American artist Ealy Mays celebrates the black artistic history in the city of lights with an eclectic ensemble of oil and acrylic artworks for sale, depicting present-day social and cultural fabric of Parisian life and its varying circumstances and characters - both foreign and domestic, infused with historical characters and symbolism while juxtaposing the competing elements within the city of lights.