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    • JACOB LAWRENCE Group Six
    • Jacob Lawrence
      • Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1917.
      • Considered himself both an artist and an educator through his works that partially defined what has become known as the Harlem Renaissance.
      • He is one of the leading American figurative artists, and the first to document African American history in widely-viewed, influential works of art.
    • Jacob Lawrence
      • He was originally inspired in 1924 when he moved to Harlem with his family. He found himself immersed in a vibrant, intellectual black culture.
      • At the age of 21, in 1937, he garnered fame for his “Toussant L'Ouverture Series”, which was composed of 41 separate works that depicted a successful Haitian slave rebellion through the life of L’Ouverture.
      • At the age of 24, he became the first African American artist to have a permanent collection in the New York Museum of Modern Art.
    • “ Toussant L'Ouverture”
    • Tubman & Douglass Chronicles
      • In addition to his L'Ouverture chronicles, he documented the life of Harriet Tubman through her endeavors along the underground railroad.
      • Frederick Douglass was also depicted in a series dedicated to his efforts for African American rights.
    • Harriet Tubman & Frederick Douglass
    • Influences & Technique
      • Lawrence’s art has been linked to cubism, and is considered social realistic—he portrays narratives through the use of compilations of pieces that make up a storyline.
      • Lawrence’s influences are many, including Breughel, Daumier, William Edmonson, Giotto, Goya, William Gropper, George Grosz, Diego Rivera, and David Siqueiros.
      • These artists have all used their respective works to channel and document human emotion through historical and cultural references.
    • Various Works
    • Various Works
    • Various Works
    • Later Life
      • Lawrence continued to paint through his later years, completing new compilation narratives like “The Migration of the Negro”, and “The Life of John Brown”.
      • He grew to be the most mainstream, critically-acclaimed African American artist of the 20 th century, known for his minimalist color usage, and his imaginative angling and perspectives often coupled with intense human emotion.
      • Jacob Lawrence painted his entire life until he died in 2000.
    • “Play”, 1999
    • WORKS CITED
      • http://www.cs.washington.edu/building/art/JacobLawrence/
      • http://www.a-r-t.com/lawrence/LouvertureWeb/index.htm#images
      • http://raggedclothcafe.com/2007/05/09/jacob-lawrence-by-jane-davila/