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Girl with Butterflies #2 Original Woodcut by African American Artist Walter Williams Created in 1964

$4,250.00

Williams said about Girl with Butterflies #2 : “Its meaning for me is no more than of a little girl enchanted by the beauty of nature, and surrounded by it. The only beauty and color in her life, maybe.” This woodcut was selected for a full-page color illustration in UNICEF’s Calendar for 1966 featuring “Children of the World in Graphic Art.” A powerful image, Girl with Butterflies #2 is very much an image of its time: As the Civil Rights Movement came into its own, Walter Williams chose to highlight white flowers against the little girl’s dark skin and colored the butterflies both black and white.

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Williams, Walter. Girl with Butterflies #2. (1964). An original woodcut print in five colors: black, pink, purple and orange on a grey background. 20 in x 26 in on a 23 in x 30 in sheet. Signed “Walter Williams 1964 imp.” This woodblock print is number 176 of an edition of 210 prints. IGAS Series 67, January 1966. Walter Williams (1920 – 1988) was an African-American painter and printmaker, born in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School, studying with Ben Shahn, Gregorio Prestopino, Reuben Tam and Victor Candell. Williams held a Whitney fellowship 1955-1956 and, in 1960, he received the National Institute of the Arts and Letters Grant. From 1958 to 1963 Williams lived in Mexico and later in Europe. His works have been shown in the Brooklyn Museum; in the exhibition “Inter-American Art”, sponsored by the Mexican government and the U. S. Information Agency; as well as at the New Jersey State Museum and at the Print Council of America’s exhibition, “American Prints Today 1959”. Williams said about Girl with Butterflies #2 : “Its meaning for me is no more than of a little girl enchanted by the beauty of nature, and surrounded by it. The only beauty and color in her life, maybe.” This woodcut was selected for a full-page color illustration in UNICEF’s Calendar for 1966 featuring “Children of the World in Graphic Art.” A powerful image, Girl with Butterflies #2 is very much an image of its time: As the Civil Rights Movement came into its own, with the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Walter Williams chose to highlight white flowers against the little girl’s dark skin and colored the butterflies both black and white. Fine condition, a bright fresh image, framed with an orange mat.

Detail of the little girl’s hand.

Detail of little girl’s hair with white flowers in it.

 

Title and detail .

Detail of the little girl’s dress.

 

Limitation number, title and artist’s signature with image detail.