Speriences Meetin' is another excellent example of how itinerant artists in the early 20th century interpreted Southern African American culture. Here, the artist uses dramatic lighting and an expressive composition to relate his own observations of the African American Gullah community at Wadmalaw Island near Charleston, SC, in the 1930s. The close proximity of the foreground figures underscores the private and dynamic nature of the spiritual life of an isolated people. It also illustrates the influence of Thomas Hart Benton, Schoppe's principal teacher at the Art Students League in New York.
Wright Collection of Southern Art
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