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Here’s a Work That Maya Angelou Painted

Maya Angelou, The Protector of Home and Family, 1969.COURTESY SWANN GALLERIES

Maya Angelou, The Protector of Home and Family, 1969.

COURTESY SWANN GALLERIES

Pretty incredible painting. It’s titled The Protector of Home and Family, dated 1969, and shows a woman holding a shotgun. Swann Galleries in New York is billing the piece as the “first known visual art work by Dr. Maya Angelou to be publicly exhibited or offered for sale.” It’s included in the house’s auction of the late writer’s art collection, which will take place tomorrow.

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