(American, 1891 - 1978) Alma Thomas was the first African-American woman to have a solo art exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, in 1971. She was 80 years old. She returned to painting after retiring from her long career as a school teacher.
He was a dress manufacturer who took up painting at the age of 70 and became a beloved folk artist. His daughter brought him paints and art supplies to help ease the loneliness after the death of his wife. A year before his death at the age of 103 in 1998, Birnbaum went to the opening of a retrospective of his work at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn. "When they arrived for the opening, Mr. Schuss recalled, Mr. Birnbaum seemed humbled, saying, 'If I would have known my paintings were going to a museum, I would have worked a little longer on them.'" — 1998 NYT obituary.
I've always loved "The Parachutists." Here are a few more of the works of Baziotes ( 1912-1963, American) from the same period.