Anna

Salle, who in 1933 became the first African American to graduate from the Cleveland School of Art (now the Cleveland Institute of Art), specialized in portraiture, a genre in which he excelled. “Some people are an inspiration,” the artist disclosed, and that must have included Anna, whom he portrayed sympathetically. Sallee not only accurately described the sitter’s physiognomy, but he also revealed her personality, creating a mood. Anna, her face framed by a pert hat and the collar of a pale coat, looks out smiling slightly, in this portrait of an intelligent and confident young woman.

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