Continuing with my visit to view the Texas art.
Mr. M, our gracious host took us from room to room to view his vast collection of paintings and sculptures all done by Texas artists.
Ruth was a janitor at the small college where Brown taught. You must remember this was way back in the early 50's, a time when racism was the norm. Hopefully we have come a long way since then. Anyway, the staff at the college was shocked that Don Brown, a white man would paint such a painting and on top of that, hang it in his office. What is wrong with this painting? According to his superiors she wasn't being depicted as the janitor, but to their horror almost being posed as an elegant lady in somewhat the same position of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. I am not sure how that controversy ended, but word has it that of all of Brown’s paintings he considered this one of his best works.