Jacob Lawrence, ‘To The Defense’, 1989, RoGallery Auctions: Prints and Multiples
Jacob Lawrence, ‘To The Defense’, 1989, RoGallery Auctions: Prints and Multiples
Jacob Lawrence, ‘To The Defense’, 1989, RoGallery Auctions: Prints and Multiples
Jacob Lawrence, ‘To The Defense’, 1989, RoGallery Auctions: Prints and Multiples
Jacob Lawrence, ‘To The Defense’, 1989, RoGallery Auctions: Prints and Multiples

Framed: 42 x 32 inches
Published by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on it's 50th Anniversary
Printed by Stone Press Editions

Signature: signed and numbered in pencil

Nesbett L96-1 - Jacob Lawrence the Complete Prints pg. 59

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