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Bernard Goss

XX Century - 
GOSS Bernard Frederick Douglass

Swann Galleries
Oct 7, 2010
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Bernard Goss - Portrait Of Countee Cullen

Bernard Goss - Portrait Of Countee Cullen

Original 1960
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Lot number: 279
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Bernard Goss (b. 1913) Portrait of Countee Cullen, c. 1960 oil on masonite signed and titled 42 x 31.5 inches Countee Cullen was a well known poet, playwright, and novelist especially popular during the Harlem Renaissance. This impressive portrait of an important American literary figure comes from the highly important family collection of Susan Cayton Woodson. Woodson served on the board of the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, and was instrumental in promoting and collecting works from the Black Chicago Renaissance. She befriended Eldzier Cortor, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright among many other important artists.
Bernard Goss -  Dancer

Bernard Goss - Dancer

Original 1940
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Lot number: 14
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Sale 2504 Lot 14 BERNARD GOSS (1913 - 1966) Dancer. Watercolor and pencil on cream wove paper, circa 1940. 451x298 mm; 17 3/4x11 3/4 inches. Provenance: acquired from Susan Woodson Gallery, Chicago; private collection, Chicago. Born in Sedalia, MI, Bernard Goss graduated from the University of Iowa in 1935. He soon moved to Chicago where he studied with George Neal at the Art Institute of Chicago, and served in the easel division of the Illinois Art Project during the WPA period. In 1939, he married Margaret Burroughs, who had led the drive to create the Southside Community Art Center. Their carriage house was an important meeting place for the group of founding artist members. This important Federal Art Project-funded center opened on Chicago's South side in 1940 and is the only surviving WPA art center today. Goss was part of a circle of artists and writers that included Joseph Kersey, Charles White and Richard Wright. Unfortunately, little of Goss's art work from this early period is known today.
Bernard Goss - Portrait Of Richard Allen.

Bernard Goss - Portrait Of Richard Allen.

Original 1940
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Lot number: 12
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BERNARD GOSS (1913 - 1966)
Portrait of Richard Allen.
Oil on masonite board, circa 1940. 1130x876 mm; 44 1/2x34 1/2 inches.
Provenance: private collection, Elgin, IL: private colllection, Chicago.
This striking and richly detailed historical portrait is as scarce oil painting by the Chicago Renaissance artist Bernard Goss. This is very likely from a series of portraits of important African-American historical and cultural figures that Goss painted for the American Negro Exposition in Chicago in 1940. Two other portraits from the series are also in a private Chicago collection, and a third, Carter Godwin Woodson, was sold at Swann Galleries on February 14, 2013. In the 2008 exhibition Convergence: Jewish and African American Artists in Depression Era Chicago, there was a similar painting of the inventor Elijah McCoy by Goss from this series.
Richard Allen (1760 – 1831) was an important minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential black leaders at the end of the 18th Century. In 1794, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the first independent black denomination in the United States. He opened his first AME church in 1794 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his leadership extended beyond the walls of the church. He founded the African Masonic Lodge and organized societies to promote education for children of African descent. He vigorously opposed the program of resettling free blacks in Africa. In 1830, shortly before his death, Allen presided over the first Convention of the Colored Men of the United States. Twenty-seven elected delegates from seven states attended. The convention, held at Bethel AME Church, was a harbinger of such organizations as the NAACP and the Urban League.
Born in Sedalia, MI, Bernard Goss graduated from the University of Iowa in 1935. He soon moved to Chicago where he studied with George Neal and at the Art Institute of Chicago, and during the WPA period, served in the easel division of the Illinois Art Project. In 1939, he married Margaret Burroughs, who had lead the drive to create the Southside Community Art Center. Their carriage house was an important meeting place for the group of founding artist members--this important Federal Art Project-funded center opened on Chicago's South side in 1941 and is the only surviving WPA art center today. Goss was part of a circle of artists and writers that included Joseph Kersey, Charles White and Richard Wright. Unfortunately, little of Goss's art work from this early period is known today.
Bernard Goss - The Drummer

Bernard Goss - The Drummer

Original 1960
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Lot number: 204A
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Bernard Goss
(American, 1913-1966)
The Drummer,
1960
oil on canvas laid to masonite
signed
B. Gross
(lower right)
26 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches.
Provenance:
Gift of the artist to Margaret Burroughs
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Appears in basic good condition; slightly crushed impasto on drum; Under UV, no evidence of restoration or retouch.
Bernard Goss - Frederick Douglass

Bernard Goss - Frederick Douglass

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Lot number: 57
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BERNARD GOSS (1913 - )
Frederick Douglass.

Oil on masonite, 1962. 559x457 mm; 22x18 inches. Initialed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: the artist's former wife, the artist Margaret T. Burroughs; private collection.

With--a portrait of the artist and Burrough's daughter, Gayle, about eight-years-old, on the verso. He married Burroughs in 1939, and they later divorced.

Born in Sedalia, MI, Bernard Goss is a Chicago-area artist who was active during the WPA. He was a member of the important Federal Art Project-funded South Side Community Art Center, whose fellow alumni included Charles White, George Neal, Eldzier Cortor, Gordon Parks, Archibald Motley and Margaret Burroughs.

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