Palmer Cole Hayden (1890-1973)
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Born in Widewater, VA, Palmer Cole Hayden was an African American Artist known for oils and watercolors depicting the African American experience. While his childhood was spent in Virginia, Hayden moved to New York after the age of twelve. As a young man, hestudied at the Cooper Union in New York, and also at Boothbay Art Colony in Maine. He won the respected Gold Award from the Harmon Foundation for painting two separate times. One of his most famous works, a still life called Fetiche et Fleurs. was made in 1931. After receiving his Harmon awards, supportive fans and patrons granted Hayden money to study in Paris. Hayden spent five years there and was inspired by his surroundings, painting many scenes of Parisian life. He became an artist for The Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1933. His works focus on the African American experience.