"FREEDOM FIGHTER, STEELY VISIONARY, WISE PROPHET AND ELDER STATESMAN"
SHAHN, Ben. Frederick Douglass IV. Washington, D.C. 1965.
Original large 1965 silkscreen print of Frederick Douglass, number 222 in a series of only 250 signed and numbered by artist Ben Shahn, based on a cabinet card photograph taken the year before Douglass' death by studio photographer Dennis Bourdin in Boston, when Douglass was on a lecture trip with his grandson. Shahn, who used his art to express the "indestructibility of the spirit of man," here honors Douglass' lifelong command of his own portraits as a weapon in "one the great battles in American history—the battle between racist stereotypes and dignified self-possession." A beautiful print handsomely framed. $2600.