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.
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