Cortor, Eldzier

Born 1916, died 2015. Eldzier Cortor was an African-American artist and printmaker. His work typically features elongated nude figures in intimate settings, influenced by both traditional African art and European surrealism. Cortor exhibited in the 1938 interracial show "An Exhibition in Defense of Peace and Democracy", which was sponsored by the Chicago Artists' Group. In 1940 he was one of the young artists exhibited at "The Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro" in Chicago. He also contributed to the 1967 City College exhibition "The Evolution of Afro-American Artists: 1800 - 1950". His works are held in the collections of Howard University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.


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