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Arthas been one of the most revered forms of expression andcommunication among individuals both in the contemporary andtraditional human society. Needless to say, different timeframes haveproduced varied forms of art influenced by the occurrences of thesocieties within which the artists reside. Such is the case forFrederick Douglass, whose activities may have made him one of themost depicted individuals of his time.
Itis thought that Douglass’ best known images are in the collectionby the Library of Congress and includes images of him as an old manand in his youth. These images are incorporated in a number of bookspublished in different times and were most likely produced byabolitionist publishers and artists. The only formal portrait inwhich Douglass was sitting was produced in 1883 by Sarah J. Eddah(Thompsonet al, 2010).It is well noted that Douglass was portrayed by varied artists withpopular artist called Jacob Lawrence coming up with the Douglass’visual biography dubbed FrederickDouglass.This series incorporated 32 paintings that are synchronized with hisNarrativethroughinnovatively exhibiting his life in varied instances including as achild, runaway slave, spokesman, abolitionist, diplomat, writer,editor and publisher among others (Thompsonet al, 2010).
FrederickDouglass’ depictions were mainly based on his life andaccomplishments, especially with regard to the abolitionist efforts.Indeed, the multiplicity of the manner in which he was depicted invaried arts was reminiscent of what he was best known for. Forinstance, Charles White used him as a memorable pictorial symbol andsaw him as a heroic African man. Through his paintings, whitecelebrates Douglass as this figure and underlines the fact that hismemories as a powerful leader will never really die (Thompsonet al, 2010).In essence, he sees Douglass as not just a visual image but atimeless subject, a hero and an inspiration.
Thompson,J. E., Conyers, J. L., & Dawson, N. J. (2010). TheFrederick Douglass encyclopedia.Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood Press.