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January 12, 2005

Saint Bleecker

JAMA. 2005;293(2):137. doi:10.1001/jama.293.2.137

Knoxville pastor Rev Samuel Delaney and Mrs Delaney had 10 children. Two became professional artists: Beauford, born in 1901, and Joseph, his younger brother (and last of the family's six boys). And although the brothers could not have been more unlike in their style of painting, yet together they epitomize two of the major art movements that flourished in the United States and Europe between about 1920 and 1950, the years between and immediately following the two world wars, or “l'entre deux guerres,” as Eliot puts it. One style, considered avant-garde, tended toward abstraction; the other, which was more traditional, concentrated on the human figure. One had its roots in Europe and its capital in Paris; the other, self-consciously and proudly American, had its nominal capital in New York City, though there were so-called regional capitals throughout the country. Beauford chose Paris and abstraction, Joseph, New York City and the more realistic figural style.