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Allan Rohan Crite

Allan Crite

Allan Rohan Crite (North Plainfield,New Jersey, 1910 - Boston 2007) was a Harlem Renaissance painter. An American of African, Indian, and European ancestry, Crite studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Harvard University Extension School.

Major American art galleries, including the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute in Chicago, hold Crite's work, but his art is also spread throughout the South End of Boston.[1]

Crite was a devout Episcopalian, focused many of his paintings on religious themes. In 1946, he painted "Madonna of the Subway", in which a black Virgin Mary and baby Jesus ride the Boston Orange Line. Crite also created books in which he illustrated religious stories from black spirituals including "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord", "Three Spirituals from Earth to Heaven", "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Heaven" and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See".

Crite's subjects are typically individualized in appearance and clothing. He emphasized detail, reflecting his ongoing study of the detail contained in Flemish Late Gothic art. The surfaces of Crite's paintings are animated by varied brushwork and rich color.[2]

I'm a storyteller, telling a story of people, and I started out with my own people in the immediate sense, like the neighborhood, and people in a general sense when I make a neighborhood out of the whole world.

Petit Gallery

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Harriet and Leon
Boston Athenaeum

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  1. Allan Rohan Crite
  2. Biography