Frank Morrison’s paintings stunned me not only for their originality and beauty but also because of their complimentary depictions of the black woman. The body forms of the woman are not anatomically accurate but this is a purposeful technique to elongate the necks making the black women in the paintings look proud with their heads stretched forward, lengthen the limbs and emphasis our curves in an seductively elegant way. These paintings are so dreamy and in looking at them I hope to see more of the characteristics in the black woman that are depicted in the paintings in myself, joyful, pride, peace, earthliness and love. Morrison’s painting are clearly inspired by real life. The musical notes running through the women’s hair, piano keys floating our of items they carry, the patterned blankets and skirts and african jewellery are cultural elements that we can all relate to. Morrison’s painting are a great reminder that a black woman can be beautiful, powerful and wonderful being nothing more than simply a black woman.
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