Lot 241
Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000), The Opener
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Screenprint in colors, 1997, pencil signed, dated, titled, and numbered 42/125 lower margin, from The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture, printed by Workshop, Inc., Washington, DC (with their accompanying paperwork), published by Amistad Research Center, New Orleans and Spradling-Ames, Key West, with blindstamp at lower left, matted and framed.

Image size 19 x 29 in.; Frame dimensions 28 x 37 1/2 in.

Private Collection, Durham, North Carolina

Workshop, Inc., Washington, DC

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Jacob Lawrence became known for his narrative series in tempera expressive of his own life and that of his Black peers who migrated from the South to the North. His vivid collage-appearing canvases typically have bold planes of color and symbolic elements of African American heritage of struggles, aspirations, and accomplishments.

Lawrence's style was wide ranging, but he was most associated with narrative Synthetic Cubism whose popularity and uniqueness were suppressed by the advent of Abstract Expressionism. His major work, The Migration of the Negro, was a social-realist culmination of the art of the 1930s and not a harbinger of new styles.

Lawrence remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His works are held in the collections of the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and others.

A strong impression on what appears to be a bright, clean sheet; few minor margin marks; not examined out of frame.

$2,000 - 4,000