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Jacob Lawrence

The Architect, 1959

Egg tempera on Masonite
13 5/8 × 17 1/2 in
34.6 × 44.5 cm
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The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Hathinas 1982.1 © 2017 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle … Read more
Jacob Lawrence
American, 1917–2000
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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.

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About the work
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The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Hathinas 1982.1 © 2017 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle … Read more
Jacob Lawrence
American, 1917–2000
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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.

Jacob Lawrence

The Architect, 1959

Egg tempera on Masonite
13 5/8 × 17 1/2 in
34.6 × 44.5 cm
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