Archibald Motley ⁣ Cocktails⁣ 1926⁣ “In a room of warm

Archibald Motley ⁣ Cocktails⁣ 1926⁣ “In a room of warm

9/11/2021, 1:09:22 PM
Archibald Motley ⁣ Cocktails⁣ 1926⁣ “In a room of warm pinks and magentas, elegantly dressed women gather around a table, enjoying a round of drinks. This jovial social scene is actually quite provocative—Motley created Cocktails during Prohibition (1920-33), when the manufacture and sale of alcohol were illegal in the United States.⁣ Best known for his paintings of street scenes and night clubs, Motley here creates an intimate painting that shows his interests in other aspects of urban life in the 1920s. His dedication to picturing black middle-class Americans in bustling social scenes, with colorful lights playing across the surfaces of their skin, remains visible in this modern take on a domestic interior.⁣ Motley was one of the first artists to portray the urban life of his fellow African Americans in Chicago. His aim was to "express the American Negro honestly and sincerely, neither to add nor detract," regardless of the activity. Here, a group of elegantly-dressed women enjoy a round of drinks -- during Prohibition, when the manufacture and sale of alcohol was illegal. Notice the painting of monks on the wall behind them, contrasting the women's conviviality and suggesting themes of restraint and morality.”⁣ #modernart #20thcenturyart #paintings #painting #artlovers #famousartists #famousart #artlegends #masterpieceart #artmasterpieces #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #artlove #archibaldmotley #archibaldmotleyjr #cocktails #blackartists #blackartist #motleyart #mfaboston

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