The People He Found Worthy Of His Trust, He Communicated His Plans.

Jacob Lawrence

American, 1917 - 2000

The people he found worthy of his trust, he communicated his plans., 1977

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Serigraph on paper

Dimensions: 20 × 25 3/4 in. (50.8 × 65.4 cm)
Image: 13 15/16 × 20 1/16 in. (35.4 × 51 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Davis, 1978.34.7

Jacob Lawrence was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and received art training at the Utopian Children’s Center with Charles Alston in the 1920s, and at the Savage School with Augusta Savage in the 1930s. During the Depression, he joined the easel division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In 1944, the Museum of Modern Art, New York organized and traveled an exhibition of Lawrence's famous series The Migration Series.In 1937, Lawrence began to create visual stories based on African-American history. His themes have included civil rights, racism, labor, and poverty in America. His unique visual style is characterized by flat shapes, sharp angles, slashing diagonals, and tilted perspective. Lawrence uses the elements to great effect to express his strong feelings about African Americans' struggle for equality.Lawrence made this suite of twenty-two silkscreen prints in 1977 after a set of gouache paintings he created in 1941 depicting The Legend of John Brown.

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