"GATHERING FIREWOOD" (Dated 1944, this painting is listed in Cederholm (ed.), Afro-American Artists, A Bio-bibliographical Directory, p. 297.) By ALBERT WELLS (African American, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1918 - 2001)

Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right, 18 x 24 inches (canvas), original frame.

(Albert Wells was an art student at Morehouse College and a member of the “Outhouse School,” which was a select group of African-American artists known for their paintings of the rural South. 

The “Outhouse School” included Wells, Hale Woodruff, Aaron Douglas, Fred Jones and others. Well’s renderings represent Southern Regionalism, and his work was exhibited at the most historic and competitive African American exhibits. Of note, Wells assisted Woodruff in the execution of the Amistad Murals at Talladega College in 1939. This painting, a rare find, was acquired from the widow of Albert Wells.)

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