Charles Searles, Untitled [Boxer]

Untitled [Boxer]
India ink and watercolor
Credit Line
Museum purchase, 2012
21 7/8 x 14 7/8 in.

Although Searles is best known for stylized and colorful abstraction inspired by African art, his earliest works depict the figure in urban contexts. Here a boxer is seated at rest, gazing into the ring. A symbolic figure, he represents all individuals for whom life is a struggle. Searles is remembered to have said on multiple occasions, “Two things you learn when you grow up in Philly: how to dance and how to fight!” Fellow artists such as Dox Thrash, Claude C. F. Clarke, and John T. Harris also explored notions of identity through the form of the male figure.

Stories Trigger
Blank field used to trigger form on artwork and artist pages. DO NOT EDIT



We invite you to share your ideas, knowledge, and stories as they relate to the art in our collection. Read what people had to say about this art or use the form below and write to us yourself.

Invalid Input
Invalid Input on Email
Invalid Input on Phone
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
  • Due to excessive heat warnings, Saturday Night Jazz on June 22, Tribute to Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding: Memphis Soul, will be held INDOORS. Seating will be provided by the Museum. No refreshments are permitted inside the building.