Watercolor and pencil on wove paper, 1940. 305x406 mm; 12x16 inches. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on the original front mat.
Provenance: gift from the artist; Esther Balderston Jones, Nashville, TN; private collection, Arizona. Mrs. Jones was the wife of Dr. Thomas Elsa Jones who was the president of Fisk University from 1926 to 1946.
This charming landscape is one of the earliest examples that we have located of Aaron Douglas' watercolors from his travels abroad while teaching at Fisk University. Douglas had just joined the faculty the previous year and began teaching full time in the spring of 1940. In August, Douglas and his wife Alta traveled through central Mexico, visiting Monterrey, Mexico City, Cuernavaca and Puebla. Earle p. 217.