Wayman Adams

(1883–1959)

Joseph "Pops" Woodson Whitesell took this photographic portrait of Wayman Adams in the 1940s. Learn more »

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Painter Wayman Adams was primarily known for his portraits of prominent individuals including presidents Hoover, Coolidge, and Harding. He painted in the alla prima style, quickly, often finishing his portraits in one sitting rather than over several sessions, resulting in a loose and informal final product. In the winter of 1916, Adams ventured to New Orleans for a trip and spent several subsequent winters in the city. His New Orleans work focused on genre painting and portraits of the city’s African-American community and people. Adams maintained studios in Indianapolis, Indiana; New York, New York; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; before settling in Austin, Texas.

 

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "Wayman Adams." In KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana, edited by David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–. Article published September 12, 2012. http://www.knowla.org/entry/1204/&view=summary.

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "Wayman Adams." KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 12 Sept 2012. Web. 22 Jan. 2017.

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