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About William H. Johnson

William H. Johnson Bio – Part III

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In late February of 1930, a twenty-nine year-old William H. Johnson packed up his belongings from his humble Harlem loft in New York and boarded a train for a visit to his hometown of Florence, SC. The man who was returning to Florence was very different from the boy who left in 1918. During his twelve-year absence from Florence, Johnson had studied under Charles Hawthorne at the National Academy of Design in New York.

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William H. Johnson Bio – Part II

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Florence native William Henry Johnson, although considered by academics to be a major figure in 20th century American Art, has somehow remained a relatively obscure figure to his hometown community. Over the course of his career, the output of William H. Johnson’s significant work numbered into the thousands. Before he blossomed into the mature artist we are familiar with today, William H. Johnson was another African-American child growing up in Florence SC . Sadly, little is documented about the childhood of W. H. Johnson. The Florence Museum has scoured all available resources to bring you this biography of William H. Johnson that details the artist’s earlier years in obscurity.

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William H. Johnson Bio – Part I

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Florence native William Henry Johnson, although considered by academics to be a major figure in 20th century American Art, has somehow remained a relatively obscure figure to his hometown community. Over the course of his career, the output of William H. Johnson’s significant work numbered into the thousands. A little over 1500 known works whose whereabouts have been accounted for. His large body of work displays a virtuosic talent mastering a variety of styles while maintaining a powerful execution of unified expression. Behind the man’s fascinating body of work, lies a story that rivals the intrigue and complexity of his art. Sadly, this prolific artist continues to remain an unrecognized figure by the city that helped birth him. The Florence Museum has scoured all available resources to bring you this biography of William H. Johnson that details the artist’s earlier years in obscurity.

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