I Accuse is part of Leroy Clarke’s larger epic, or series, titled The Poet. Begun in the early 1970s while working as the first Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Clarke’s mission was to embark on a large collection of paintings, drawings and poems centered around his personal spiritual journey and growth. After 1980, Clarke returned to the Port of Spain to continue his path of self-discovery. The exact number of artworks that make up The Poet is unknown. As of 2009, Clarke produced over six movements within the epic, each movement with its own subseries.
The National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago awarded Clarke the title of “Master Artist” in 1998. In 2005, Clarke was granted the title of a “Staff of Eldership” and Chieftaincy Title in the Orisha community by the Ile’ Eko Shango/Oshun Mil’osa.
Title: I Accuse
Artist: Leroy Clarke (b. 1938)
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Image: 61 ¾ x 89 inches; Framed: 63 ½ x 90 1/3 inches
Accession Number: H77.17
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