Paris Art: Dance of the Expatriates ©

Title: The Dance of the Expatriates
Year Painted: 2012
Type: Oil on Canvas
Dimension: L 24”(61 cm) W 19.75"(50.1 cm)
Price: $3,500 - Also available in prints and memorabilia

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Art tribute to start of black Paris (Paris Noir); Reprisal of Uncle Mose in Paris theme.  Early WWI black soldiers who brought jazz to Paris.   Jimmy Europe, the 815th Pioneer Infantry, the 15th New York Infantry, others such as the 808th Pioneer Infantry and Oliver Mead circa 1918. Not well understood.  Often performed to empty chairs.  Jazz was still a new and not yet a widely accepted art form in many parts of the city.  Dignitaries came later - such as French Premier Raymond Poincaré at Allied Women Conference at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.  

Banjo player and piano player at the café curb inspires dancing black woman.  Fashionably chic French woman (Coco Chanel maybe?) walks dog, looks on at the unfamiliar scene unfolding at her corner café.



Paris-based painter Ealy Mays present Paris stories and narratives in art, with cultural and socio-political images of current and historical life in the city of lights, including the history of African Americans in Paris, the Spirit of black Paris, the Paris Noir experience, from the viewpoint of the black expatriate in France

Ealy Mays

6 rue Christine 
75006 Paris

USA Contact: 
Paul Sinclair      

+ (1) 347 399 0860


Welcome to Ealy Mays Artworks

Celebration of over 150 years of Black Literary and Artistic development in Paris

Here you will find the works of one of the most prolific African American artists. Based in Paris, France, this selection includes current masterpieces as well retrospectives from a body of over 30 years as an ethnic artist painting in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Your choice of paintings, prints, posters, postcards, puzzles, memorabilia, T-shirts, collectibles, accessories,and more, is only a click away. Read more

It is the spectator and not life, that really mirrors art”  The Picture of Dorian Gray …Oscar Wilde

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