Robert Colescott

(American, 1925–2009)

Robert Colescott was an African-American artist known for his expressionistic paintings which dealt with his identity and black history. In his work George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook (1975), Colescott humorously conflated the famous Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze painting of George Washington with the pioneering African-American chemist. Born Robert H. Colescott on August 26, 1925 in Oakland, CA, he played instruments and saw the work of his parents’ friend Sargent Johnson as well as Diego Rivera painting a mural at the San Francisco World’s Fair as a youth. Drafted into the US Army during World War II, Colescott served in Paris, where he found the culture more hospitable to black people than in the United States. He later returned to France to study with Fernand Léger, before earning his MA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1952. By the mid-1970s, Colescott had embarked on a series of works which reimagined iconic European paintings such as Édouard Manet’s Olympia (1863), but with black figures given a more important role. He died on June 4, 2009 in Tucson, AZ. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.
Robert Colescott (102 results)
TAP, 1996

Robert Colescott

TAP, 1996

Aaron Galleries

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I Can't Dance, 1996

Robert Colescott

I Can't Dance, 1996

Sale Date: November 24, 2019

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Popeye and Other Negroes in a Bar Fight, 1991

Robert Colescott

Popeye and Other Negroes in a Bar Fight, 1991

Sale Date: November 13, 2019

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Cheese, 1991

Robert Colescott

Cheese, 1991

Sale Date: November 14, 2019

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Knowledge of the Past is the Key to the..., 1986

Robert Colescott

Knowledge of the Past is the Key to the..., 1986

Sale Date: November 14, 2019

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The Artist and the Model., 1994

Robert Colescott

The Artist and the Model., 1994

Sale Date: October 8, 2019

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Untitled, 1991

Robert Colescott

Untitled, 1991

Sale Date: September 27, 2019

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Sepic River Stay Away From My Door, 1993

Robert Colescott

Sepic River Stay Away From My Door, 1993

Sale Date: September 27, 2019

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EGYPT, 1964

Robert Colescott

EGYPT, 1964

Sale Date: September 26, 2019

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Le Sport, 1978

Robert Colescott

Le Sport, 1978

Sale Date: July 17, 2019

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Off Color Birthday, 1996

Robert Colescott

Off Color Birthday, 1996

Sale Date: July 17, 2019

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Knowledge of the Past is the Key to the..., 1984

Robert Colescott

Knowledge of the Past is the Key to the..., 1984

Sale Date: May 16, 2019

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The Boss, 1990

Robert Colescott

The Boss, 1990

Sale Date: May 16, 2019

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The Phone Call, 1978

Robert Colescott

The Phone Call, 1978

Sale Date: May 16, 2019

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GARDEN SPOT, 1989

Robert Colescott

GARDEN SPOT, 1989

Sale Date: May 16, 2019

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I Can't Dance, 1996

Robert Colescott

I Can't Dance, 1996

Sale Date: March 17, 2019

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Untitled, 1975

Robert Colescott

Untitled, 1975

Sale Date: March 17, 2019

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INTERIOR III, 1991

Robert Colescott

INTERIOR III, 1991

Sale Date: March 1, 2019

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INTERIOR I, 1991

Robert Colescott

INTERIOR I, 1991

Sale Date: March 1, 2019

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Le Sport, 1978

Robert Colescott

Le Sport, 1978

Sale Date: February 26, 2019

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COTTON, 1989

Robert Colescott

COTTON, 1989

Sale Date: November 15, 2018

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Cultural Exchange, 1987

Robert Colescott

Cultural Exchange, 1987

Sale Date: November 15, 2018

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Artistry + Reality, Mexicali Rose, 1980

Robert Colescott

Artistry + Reality, Mexicali Rose, 1980

Sale Date: November 16, 2018

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