First up, a really beautiful portrait of a family. They hold up their heads with dignity, and their faces are rough-worn but they look as if they might be just about to smile. Their eyes are especially beautiful.
Finally, here’s a piece with several separate elements, rather than a single cohesive scene. My favorite part is the tree with the animals, especially the owl and the monkey. I like the way the leaves fill in all the spaces between things, sometimes black and sometimes striped. I’m dubious about the angel’s embouchure, having a couple of trumpeters in the family, but I like the wings. The young man in the lower left is once again beautifully portrayed.
(Also, I featured a couple more of Bryan’s block prints here.)
[Pictures: O Freedom;
My Good Lord’s Done Been Here;
Where Shall I Be?, all wood block prints from Walk Together Children: Black American Spirituals, by Ashley Bryan, Atheneum, 1974.]