Claude Breeze

Sunday Afternoon: From an Old American Photograph

1965
This painting is based on a photograph by American photographer O.N. Pruitt that was taken after the lynching of Bert Moore and Dooley Morton, two farmers from Lowndes County, near Columbus, Mississippi, on 15 July 1935. It was first printed thirty years later as a poster by the Atlanta chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and reproduced on university campuses in the US and Canada to bolster support for the American Civil Rights Movement. Breeze saw this image in "The Ubyssey", the University of British Columbia’s student newspaper, on 24 September 1965. The atrocity of the scene is intensified by the expressive use of colour, as well as the direct gaze of the man in the lower right who looks us squarely in the eye, heightening our discomfort.
Title
Sunday Afternoon: From an Old American Photograph
Date
1965
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
258.6 x 167.1 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Acquired 1999
Accession number
40073