The Swearing In No. 1
Jacob Lawrence
The Swearing In No. 1
Jacob Lawrence (American, Modernism, 1917-2000): The Swearing In No. 1, 1977. Gouache on paper, 18 x 28 inches (45.72 x 71.12 cm). DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY © The Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

"For me, a painting should have three things: universality, clarity, and strength." (Jacob Lawrence)

"Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor, A Gift from the Kayden Family"

April 1 - August 3, 2015

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

Stanford, California

"One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Works"

April 3 – September 7, 2015

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

'The installation demonstrates Lawrence's gifts as a figural artist and a storyteller, whether he was depicting Harlem or reconstructing critical moments in African American history. His bold, abstract-yet-figurative style, a hybrid European cubism and early 20th-century social realism, is also apparent in the 39 prints, which include a complete set of his first print portfolio, The Legend of John Brown (1978), and an artist's proof edition of Eight Studies for "The Book of Genesis" (1989-1990).

... Lawrence referred to his work as "dynamic cubism," with its bold colors and shapes. He was strongly impacted by artist and childhood mentor Charles Alston, artist Josef Albers of the Bauhaus and the artists of the Mexican muralist movement. His narrative paintings often reflect his personal experience or depict key moments in African American history, including the accomplishments of people such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman and the achievements of the American civil rights movement. Lawrence was the first African American artist to be represented by a major New York commercial gallery and the first visual artist to receive the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor.' (© Stanford University)

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