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Harlem renaissance aaron douglas
Harlem Renaissance Aaron Douglas

Jasmine Flores


  • Aaron Douglas was born in 1899 to mother Elizabeth Douglas and father Aaron Douglas in Topeka Kansas. Early on Douglas developed a passion for art and painting and later became known as the father of African art he played a big part in the circle of talents including singers , writers and artists known as the Harlem renaissance.

Education and career
Education and career

  • Aaron Douglas graduated from Topeka high school in 1917 and went to Nebraska university were he earned a B.A he later moved to Harlem New York in 1925 were he began to illustrate for great magazines such as the Crisis and The Opportunity magazines that were very prominent to the Harlem renaissance, he was known to use geometric shapes and proud figures in his paintings.


  • Aaron Douglas made a big impact on history and future generations so much so that he was a topic on the hidden heritage a movie about showcasing new African American artists. he was said to be the leader of the Harlem renaissance artists, the name leader added to his already huge title the father of African American art, but Douglas didn’t really like the name the father of African American art he once said " Do not call me the Father of African American Arts, for I am just a son of Africa, and paint for what inspires me."

Later in life
Later in Life

  • After several years of a successful career Douglas moved to Nashville , Tennessee and founded the art department at Fisk University were he once created one of his most notable pieces of work. He taught art for twenty-seven more years as he continued his professional art career with work in illustrations and some more subtle pieces like portraits and landscapes Douglas died on February 3rd of 1979 at the age of seventy-nine, but he will always live on as the father of African American art.