(Pender County, North Carolina, 1892 - 1987, Wilmington, North Carolina)
Oil, graphite, and ink on paper
11 x 13 3/4 in. (27.9 x 35.1 cm)
Collection of the Akron Art Museum
Purchased with funds from the Museum Acquisition Fund in memory of Honorary Trustee Jean Palmer Wade
Evans, an African-American, enjoyed combining images and tales from different cultures and races. In this drawing, her angels have blond hair and pale skin combined with distinctly African-American features. The subject is hard to define, but it may represent the triumph of Heaven over Hell. A God or Christ-like figure with Asian features, flanked by flowers and angels, smiles down at beasts and devils. Evans suggests that salvation is possible for all of God’s creatures.
signed in paint"Minnie Evans" in LR