Harper, William A.(African-Canadian/Amer., 1873-1910)
William A. Harper, born in Cayuga, Canada in 1873, graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied with Henry O. Tanner in Paris. Harper was a winner of the Young Fortnightly Prize and the Municipal Art League Prize. Harper executed his work, primarily landscape paintings, with “lively brushwork,” and according to art critic Jacqueline Francis, he “advanced modernist strategies of generalizing and simplifying form for pictorial unity and design.”
Works cited:
Falk, Peter, ed. Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Art in America. Madison: Sound View Press, 1999.
Riggs, Thomas, Ed. St. James Guide to Black Artists. New York: St. James Press, 1997.

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