Look closely at this painting and see if you can tell what is going on in this scene.
There are two people in this painting. The musician is Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter playing “Goodnight Irene”.
Listen to the song while you look at the painting.
Who do you think the other person is in the painting? Does the song help explain who they might be?
How would you describe the song?
Share three adjectives with your friend or family.
How would you describe this painting?
Are the words the same or different?
Charles Wilbert White
Artist Charles Wilbert White believed that art could help bring awareness to social issues and he focused on painting African American identity and experiences. He also spent a lot of time painting African American people with respect and representing them as beautiful, impressive and proud.
White also painted everyday people. He wanted his art to be “about and for the people.”
How would you describe the people in this painting?