Joseph Delaney (Tennessee/New York, 1904-1991) oil on board interior scene, depicting an African American man seated with a guitar and holding a young child sitting in his lap, while another child stands observing in an open doorway. This painting was most likely an autobiographical painting recreated from a family photograph, depicting the artist’s father and brother Beauford Delaney. Signed lower left, “Jos Delaney”. Unframed. 16″ H x 12″ W. American, circa 1980-1985. Biography (Courtesy of Frederick C. Moffatt): Joseph Delaney was born in Knoxville in 1904, the ninth of ten children born to a Methodist Minister. He and his older brother, Beauford, discovered their interest in art by drawing on Sunday School cards. In 1930, Joseph left Tennessee for New York where Beauford was also working as an artist, and enrolled in the Art Students League under the tutelage of Thomas Hart Benton and Alexander Brooke. The subject matter Joseph Delaney found there, including the city’s landmarks and its people, are the images for which he is best known. In 1986, Delaney returned to Knoxville to live and was artist-in-residence for the University of Tennessee Art Department until his death in 1991. Delaney’s works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Chicago Art Institute, The Knoxville Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum. CONDITION: Unframed. Overall light craquelure.
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