“When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.“
- Name: Jacob Lawrence
- Born: September 7, 1917
- Died: June 9, 2000 (Age 82)
- From: Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Occupation: Artist
- Works: “The Builders” (1947), “Struggle Series – No. 10: Washington Crossing the Delaware” (1954), “Pool Parlor” (1942)
- Fun Fact: Lawrence’s 1947 painting The Builders hangs in the White House.
Jacob Armstead Lawrence was an American painter known for his portrayal of African-American historical subjects and contemporary life. Lawrence referred to his style as “dynamic cubism”, although by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem. He brought the African-American experience to life using blacks and browns juxtaposed with vivid colors.
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