Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Gustave Blache III, Self Portrait with Checkered Scarf, Oil on wood panel, 9.5 x 7.75 inches.
Artist’s self portrait acquired by new Smithsonian Museum

From press release submitted to BlackArtistNews:

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has acquired for their permanent collection, Self Portrait with Checkered Scarf, an original oil painting by artist Gustave Blache III.

Self Portrait is the second work of art by Blache to be acquired by the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex, which was established in 1846. In 2011, the National Portrait Gallery acquired Cutting Squash, an iconic oil painting depicting legendary New Orleans "Queen of Creole Cuisine" and American Civil Rights figure, Mrs. Leah Chase, working in her kitchen.

The NMAAHC is presently scheduled to open on the Mall in 2015 and will become the repository of one of the most comprehensive collections of the African American experience anywhere. 

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