Joseph Delaney, Woman In Yellow Dress
Joseph Delaney (Tennessee/New York, 1904-1991) oil on board of a African American woman posing in a bright yellow dress against a vibrant green background. Signed lower right, "Jos. Delaney 1959" . 28" H x 21 3/4" H, unframed. Provenance: From a private Knoxville, Tennessee Collection. 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 he 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.
Overall very good condition. Unframed board mounted on foam board. Possible inpainting to left foot.