African American Hero of the Day

African American Almanac
ISBN: 9781578593231

What notoriously bohemian artist was known for his portraits of such musicians as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington?

  • He first gained his reputation as a "bohemian" while living in New York City, where Life magazine published an article about his lifestyle.
  • He later moved to Paris, traveled throughout Europe, and became friends with famous figures such as James Baldwin.
  • Henry Miller wrote an essay about him in 1945.
  • He spent the 1960s and 1970s in and out of sanitariums after suffering from stress and a mental breakdown, passing away in 1979.

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