Jack Johnson

Richard Yarde (American, 1939–2011)


Sheet (three attached sheets):102.9 x 57.0 cm (40 1/2 x 22 7/16 in.) Framed: 108.6 x 62.9 cm (42 3/4 x 24 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings



Local painter Richard Yarde was born in Boston and currently resides in Northhampton. He studied art at Boston University and has been a Professor of Fine Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for many years. Yarde is perhaps best known for his extraordinary facility with watercolor. This work, a portrait of the first black heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, exhibits several characteristics typical of Yarde’s technique: a tendency to divide his backgrounds into irregular tiles of solid color, and a propensity to expand the boundaries of his evolving compositions by collaging on additional sheets of paper.


Inscribed in graphite below image, l.l.: Yarde '87


The artist; sold by the artist to Efrain Barradas, Boston, MA; 1995, given by Efrain Barradas to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 15, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of Efraín Barradas in honor of David Bonetti


© Richard Yarde 1987