Beauford Delaney, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1953


... a consummate artist and a warm-hearted man. He was a great teacher and a great listener. He was psychologically troubled, yet a profound inspiration to many. His life and his talent were gifts to the world.

Painting was an act of faith for Beauford Delaney. As both actual presence and spiritual transcendence, the finite limits of his paintings open up to an abstract language grounded by both the eye and by intuition....
(http://lesamisdebeauforddelaney.blogspot.nl/2012_09_01_archive.html)



Beauford Delaney (Dec. 30, 1901 – March 26, 1979); American modernist painter. He is remembered for his work with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as his later works in abstract expressionism following his move to Paris in the 1950s. Beauford's younger brother, Joseph, was also a noted painter.

Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.... the eighth of 10 children, only 4 of whom survived into adulthood. He summed up the reasons for this in a journal entry from 1961, saying "so much sickness came from improper places to live – long distances to walk to schools improperly heated… too much work at home – natural conditions common to the poor that take the bright flowers like terrible cold in nature…"

...in 1975, he was hospitalized and then committed to St Anne's Hospital for the Insane. Beauford Delaney died in Paris while at St Anne's on March 26, 1979.

Following his death, he was praised as a great and neglected painter but, with a few notable exceptions, the neglect continued.

"Whatever Happened to Beauford Delaney?", an article by Eleanor Heartney, appeared in Art in America in response to the 1994 exhibition asking why this once well regarded "artist's artist" was now virtually unknown to the American art public. "What happened? Is this another case of an over-inflated reputation returning to its true level? Or was Delaney undone...
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauford_Delaney)
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