The African American Artist By White Anglo Saxon Sociocultural Patterns

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“Although dominated by white Anglo-Saxon sociocultural patterns, American culture is in fact a tapestry woven of diverse threads that include Native American, Hispanic, Asian and African traditions, as well as those of European origin” (Craven, 2003, p. 529). America is often described as the melting pot; the concept of culture is formulated around the notion of many subcultures inside one larger nation in which, “the melting pot has not merely melted; it has cooked a broth with an unmistakable favor of its own” (Perry, 1949, p. 357). Many painters took up the plight of those who were not sharing fully in the American dream (Craven, 2003, p. 564). Evidence of this is in the visual images throughout the course of American history of what the overall ideology of American culture summarizes enabling one to perceive what Americans’ daily lives were like in the past, how it is seen now in the present, and what it may reflect in the future. The African American artist Robert Gwathmey (1903-88) painted pictures of the social injustices meted out to blacks to keep them in poverty (Craven, 2003, p. 546). He captured the true aesthetics of the African American culture and what dreams/aspirations they hoped to achieve, even portraying the struggle of their adversities. His painting entitled "Belle" (1965) portrays the destitution, discrimination, and amateurish methods of white supremacy reflected on the blacks psyche in America. Grant Wood, another American artist, painted the

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