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Jacob Lawrence


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Jacob Lawrence

  1. 1. JACOB LAWRENCE Group Six
  2. 2. Jacob Lawrence <ul><li>Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1917. </li></ul><ul><li>Considered himself both an artist and an educator through his works that partially defined what has become known as the Harlem Renaissance. </li></ul><ul><li>He is one of the leading American figurative artists, and the first to document African American history in widely-viewed, influential works of art. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Jacob Lawrence <ul><li>He was originally inspired in 1924 when he moved to Harlem with his family. He found himself immersed in a vibrant, intellectual black culture. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ Toussant L'Ouverture”
  5. 5. Tubman & Douglass Chronicles <ul><li>In addition to his L'Ouverture chronicles, he documented the life of Harriet Tubman through her endeavors along the underground railroad. </li></ul><ul><li>Frederick Douglass was also depicted in a series dedicated to his efforts for African American rights. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Harriet Tubman & Frederick Douglass
  7. 7. Influences & Technique <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Lawrence’s influences are many, including Breughel, Daumier, William Edmonson, Giotto, Goya, William Gropper, George Grosz, Diego Rivera, and David Siqueiros. </li></ul><ul><li>These artists have all used their respective works to channel and document human emotion through historical and cultural references. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Various Works
  9. 9. Various Works
  10. 10. Various Works
  11. 11. Later Life <ul><li>Lawrence continued to paint through his later years, completing new compilation narratives like “The Migration of the Negro”, and “The Life of John Brown”. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Jacob Lawrence painted his entire life until he died in 2000. </li></ul>
  12. 12. “Play”, 1999
  13. 13. WORKS CITED <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>