Kerry James Marshall Viewing "Many Mansions" (1994) at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000

"When I started out, I mean, the artists that I really admired, people like Géricault, that whole genre of history painting, that grand narrative style of painting was something that I really wanted to position my work in relation to. And so in order to achieve a similar kind of authority that those paintings had, I had to adopt a similar structural format."
—Kerry James Marshall