“A Moment Supreme”

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"A Moment Supreme" by Vincent DaCosta Smith (1972)

"A Moment Supreme" by Vincent DaCosta Smith (1972)

The Museum has acquired Vincent DaCosta Smith’s (American, 1929-2004) etching titled “A Moment Supreme” from a generous donor. Music was a recurring theme in his paintings as well as graphics. “A Moment Supreme,” an etching done in 1972, depicts the funeral service of John Coltrane at St. Peter‘s Lutheran Church in New York City on July 21, 1967. This gripping study shows Albert Ayler on tenor saxophone and his brother, Donald Ayler, on trumpet playing in the church balcony at the funeral.


2 Responses to ““A Moment Supreme””

  1. Will Bargmann says:

    Visited TMU last Saturday for the first time since 1963 when we moved to Dallas. Fabulous time! Interested in painting I remember from childhood about a “Poultry seller”. Work in molecular biology lab at University of Texas in Austin that works on virus that causes leukemia in birds and want to know who did this painting. Remember it from childhood walking down Scottwood to TMU, Can you help? Thanks. Will Bargmann

  2. Melvin Holmes says:

    This response is 3 years too late but if you haven’t found the artist who painted the painting, it was moe than likely Walter Williams.,


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