Jacob Lawrence, ‘Confrontation at the Bridge (Selma, Alabama)’, 1975, RoGallery
Jacob Lawrence, ‘Confrontation at the Bridge (Selma, Alabama)’, 1975, RoGallery
Jacob Lawrence, ‘Confrontation at the Bridge (Selma, Alabama)’, 1975, RoGallery
Jacob Lawrence, ‘Confrontation at the Bridge (Selma, Alabama)’, 1975, RoGallery

In 1965 hundreds of civil rights marchers left Selma, Alabama, on a peace march to Montgomery. Just outside Selma, at the Edmond Pettus Bridge, the marchers were met with resistance from local law enforcement officials and townspeople. The marchers led by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, were repeatedly turned back. After several days of stalemate and verbal and physical abuse, the determined marchers were allowed to continue. Lawrence commented: "I thought it was part of the history of the country, part of the history of our progress; not of just the black progress, but of the progress of the people."

Artist: Jacob Lawrence, American (1917 - 2000)
Title: Confrontation at the Bridge
Year: 1975
Medium: Silkscreen on Strathmore Paper, signed and numbered in pencil
Edition: 175, HC 25, PP 1/3
Size: 19.5 x 26 inches
Frame: 25 x 32 inches

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil

Publisher: Transworld Art, New York

Nesbett L75-2 - Jacob Lawrence the Complete Prints pg. 32

About Jacob Lawrence

Based on diligent research and inspired by Harlem Renaissance artists Augusta Savage and Charles Alston, Jacob Lawrence illustrated African American history through colorful narrative paintings. His subjects included series on prominent figures in the struggle for black liberation, such as Harriet Tubman; his “The Great Migration” (1940-41) chronicled the Depression-era flight of African Americans from the impoverished rural south to northern cities. Comprising 60 tempera works executed simultaneously with unifying color schemes and visual motifs, it depicted heart-wrenching everyday scenes. New York Times critic Holland Cotter once described Lawrence’s oeuvre as having a “sinewy moral texture...that is in the business of neither easy uplift nor single-minded protest.” Lawrence adopted his characteristic simple forms and abstract elements from African art, linking that aesthetic tradition to present-day black identity.

American, 1917-2000, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Group Shows

Museum of the City of New York, 
New York, NY, USA,
Art in the Open
Galerie Myrtis, 
Art of the Collector IV
New York, NY, United States,
RISING UP/UPRISING: Twentieth Century African American Art
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
New York, NY, United States,
African American Art: 200 Years
New York, NY, United States,
Embracing the Muse: Africa and African American Art
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