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Foreword by Gary R. Libby
ABOUT THE BOOK
The widely collected paintings and awe inspiring story of the Highwaymen are now fully revealed in this book, which includes—for the first time—works by all twenty-six artists. Illustrated with over 200 full-color plates, The Journey of the Highwaymen traces these painters through the Civil Rights Movement as they create an historic art enterprise.
Over several decades, the Highwaymen artists feverishly produced an estimated 100,000 works (less conservative estimates put that number closer to 200,000) which they also sold, at times with the oil still wet, out of their cars, driving Florida's roads looking for buyers. Guided by Florida’s preeminent landscape artist, A.E. Backus, and galvanized by Alfred Hair, the Highwaymen forged their own enduring legacy both in American painting and as inventive entrepreneurs.
A native of Fort Pierce and a friend of Backus’s from a very early age, author Catherine M. Enns traces the Highwaymen through the streets of the town, which were at once their inspiration and their storefront. She reveals the vibrant, spontaneous, and incredibly commercial style of these painters. Through extensive research and interviews, Enns pieces together this remarkable story of the art and its creators.
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