Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

Sunset Delivery, Circa 1999
Paint on wood panel
37 x 21.50 in (93.98 x 54.61 cm)
According to data extracted from 1910 U.S. Census manuscripts, “black women” as compared to “white women” were more likely to become teenage mothers, stay single and have marriage instability, and were thus much more likely to live in female-headed single-parent homes. The notion of “Black Matriarchy” was first coined in 1965 by sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan. His report made the argument that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) in Black America of the 1960’s would greatly hinder further Black socioeconomic progress. In “Sunset Delivery” a silhouette of a magnificent African American woman is standing atop of a man, impregnated. Dominate and proud, this female figure metaphorically illustrates the mother’s role in the household. Surrounded by stars in the night sky, her backlit profile glows with fertility, while her ample breasts and elongated curves accentuate her sexual potency and domineering influence in the family structure.
Sunset Delivery by Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

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