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Abilene Morning Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 8, 1927, Abilene, Texas 1 Became a Model to Help My Says Negro Made Famous by Artists MauriceHunter Inspired by Lofty Aim By Frieda Wyandt THE negro race has found another interpreter of its genius in its own But he is an inarticulate in terpreter inarticulate but Within the lastfew years the world has realized the emotional and artistic contri bution which the black race has given Negro spirituals have been sung from one end of our Country to the Negro singers themselves have risen from the comedy class to that of real Men like Roland Hayes and Paul Robeson have fought their way to recognition through their The Voice of His People And now Maurice Hunter has his bit toward a greater understanding of his t be talks much about his I imagine that he said to me about his people and what they dream about and think about than he has said about them for But he has found another way of telling the white world that his race has emotion and fire and understanding of human na For Maurice Hunter Is an artists model who takes his job You will see his face in doz ens of different advertisements nnd magazine His which is said by artists for he poses to be physically has served as the model for for rnurals and pictures of Lives Role He is leaving his mark on tho irt of the present is htlp nr to Uuidea whirh the pulilic has of his for in his mobile face and the dramatic usex which he makes of every he has that power of ex pression which is denied him in His face hold for the artist through unbeliev ably long hours of particular phase of the negro or of the savage life which is to bo put on canvas or between the covers of a One min ute he may be a and whom he stands before an artist dressed in pirates gaudy tat Maurice Hunter is a He knows He can feel it in side himself that he is a and his face and every line of his body shows that for the mo at a pirate stands Or again he may be called Maurice famous negro art in two photographic In Chains and Araby the posed by Broady upon to show the greedy bar gaining Instinct of the Moorish and his eyes look out with that Insatiable desire for gold which live along the coast of even in New i Aspires to Perfection You he when they tell mo that Im to be angry or happy or sad I try to fool that Im Interested in my I want to make it better and the only way I can is to feel what tho artist I can help him with Some times he has only a hazy Idea of what ho wants mo to and I can try different poses that may suggest something for And as he explained this to me he pointed to some of the photographs which had bcon takon of and as he did so his faco took on the expres sion in the Gone was the diffident negro who was to tell why he liked to be a and in his place was a tall figure which mirrored the suffering of gen erations of A moment later it was a craps with an enthusiastic and very boyish negro begging the elebbens to Glad to Uplift Race He was proud of the fact that artists have called him the fore most negro model aj the proud of the fact they treat him as one of And it Is not alone because this is a personal triumph that he la He Is glad for the sake of his race that he has risen high in his chosen We only want a chance to do our he We dont ask much those of us who are thinking about our raceand its We know that right now we are just Wo gone very but wo do think that wo havo something to offer thp and WQ want the to offer Of I cant do I just do my work as as I and as well as I If this helps to put my race over in a better light it makes mo very Expresses Aims in Poses If I can make people that my raco IB that wo can understand artistic Ill feel that Ive done a Be cause right now tho is tho main thing havo to give tho Wo havent done very much in actual but wo do havo a fooling for line and and if I can help an artist show If I can help him catch emotional play and change which make up tho tem perament of my Ill fool that Ive done something for the artistic expression of the negro Tcant I cant talk very but I can and all the artists say that I can show this whon I I know how an old man but I couldnt explain it to any All I can do is to show it in my faco or in tho way I Thats what I like about my Its llko making and thats another thing I like to I sort of feel that Im giv ing the artist that Im acting a play for only I dont have to say any How He Started It was almost by accident that nine years ago Maurice Hunter stumbled onto his Ho really didnt Intend to be an artists model in that was farthest from his He had always had an artistic and he must have had an under standing hut it had never had a chance for Ills boyhood was spent in Dutch where he worked in tho And then he came to and did most of the things that negro immigrants do to make a Ho was n waiter for a and tried running an It was while he was an ele vator boy that a young negro woman started him on his Sho was posing for artists her and sho noticed the way the tall young negro dramatized everything that he It is no unusual thing in their this putting into gesture and facial expression the things that do not come too easily in but she folt that Hunter was wasting this talent ns an upanddown engi So she persuaded him to apply for ft job as His Work It wasnt ho to got to the place where thny ail wanted mo to post for I had to learn my and It was slow at but 1 liked it from the and maybe thats why people seem to think Ive done well at Gradually ho became known throughout the artist world as n model who would help as one artist expressed dklnl slump like a lump of clay when ho got on the studio It would bo impossible for him to For slumping would mean that he woa losing In terest in his a work which he takes as tho artist takes his Slumping would mean that he no longer felt that he was helping make the that he was adding his own artistry to that of tho painter or Oie If he slumped it would be a reflection upon his professional and it would indirectly be a reflection upon his For his is tho chanco to make good for his raco In interpret ing his race for the and the shy negro from Guiana will never let that Hired by Noted Artists Charles Dnna Gibson has used Hunter in his so have Dealtos Valentine and Frank Frank Lcyendecker used him in auto Margaret Metzgor Vtindercock made him the original TomTom In tho illustration which sho painted for her John Vandorcocks Perhaps he Is proudest of the way he has made the characters of that are dear to boy hood Mead Schaffer usd mm for hl3 illustrations for Her man Melvilles Moby Dick and nnd Frank Goodwin ns Friday in Robinson You know the story of Moby he his eyes lighting ns though he were claiming khiPhlp Mclvillj In his me ntion of this story of whales and Iho South And it is this feeling of help ing to create the figure that is to live on tho canvas which changed Hunters work from a job to an artistic And It is this same feeling probably almost wholly uncon Ls helping him to add to the worlds knowledge of tha emotional life of his
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