Littlemen #2 is part of Vivian Browne’s early series of work titled, Little Men. The series’ origins stem from Browne’s personal experiences as both a daughter and as a Black woman in a society that favors white patriarchal power. Begun in 1965, Browne’s collection of oil and acrylic paintings and sketches, depicts white men in various states of anger, frustration and despair. The softened detail of their button-up tops and ties appear to indicate their positions of men in business or power, however their depicted behaviors are anything but professional. Throughout the series, men are depicted as aggressive and disgruntled while drinking, yelling, or throwing objects.
Title: Littlemen #2
Artist: Vivian Browne (1929 – 1993)
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 52 ½ x 47 inches
Accession Number: H77.9
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