The Huntington Library has acquired two paintings by a pair of prominent African American artists, Robert S. Duncanson and Charles White. The works are gifts from collectors Sandra and Bram Dijkstra to the San Marino-based institution.
Duncanson's "Landscape With Ruin," which dates from around 1853, is on view in the Huntington's Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The work depicts an idyllic wooded landscape, with an old castle-like structure.
White's "Soldier" dates from 1944 and is scheduled to go on view starting July 19 when the Huntington's expanded American art galleries open. The painting depicts a World War II sergeant in bold, confrontational colors.
White had a long association with Los Angeles, having taught for many years at what is now the Otis College of Art and Design. He died in 1979.