Walter Henry Williams (1920 - 1998)
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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Walter Henry Williams was an African American painter and print maker. Williams studied art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1951 to 1955. While attending the institution, he studied under famous artists including Ben Shahn, Reuben Tam and Gregorio Prestopino. In 1953, Williams won a summer scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. In the early 1960s, Williams moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he created a series of colorful woodcuts of black children playing in the field. His works reflect a peaceful experience of children and their innocence despite the color of their skin.