Albert Alexander Smith

American , 1896 - 1940

Albert Alexander Smith (1996-1940) was born and raised in New York City. He attended Dewitt Clinton High School, and on scholarship at teh Ethical Cultural Art School. He won prizes while studying at the National Academy of Design and returned there to study after serving in the Armory in 1918 and 1919. He became best known as a printmaker and for his illustrations in Opportunity and The Crisis. He traveled to Paris in 1928, and in 1929, won the Harmon Foundation's bronze medal for his paintings and prints. He traveled throughout Europe, making etched views in Spain, France and Italy. His series of portraits of famous black Americans is at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Smith died in Paris.
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