Jacob Lawrence Migration Series Paintings and the Harlem Renaissance Art History- Jacob Lawrence Biography

This world famous artist had a long and successful career in painting and went on to teach in later life. He also served on the National Council on the Arts in the 1970s.

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Painter Jacob Lawrence came to Harlem during the 1930s, when he was still a teenager. When his family arrived in Harlem, there were many leading black scientists, singers, artists, writers and philosophers who were also there and they helped to influence the young man.

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Within two years after he arrived in Harlem, Jacob Lawrence began his studies at the Harlem Art Workshop. He was mentored by the artists Augusta Savage and Charles Alston. This mentoring perhaps influenced his decision to teach and encourage other young artists.

Jacob Lawrence Demonstration at Lincoln School


Jacob Lawrence taught at the following renowned art institutions:

  • The University of Washington
  • Black Mountain College
  • The Pratt Institute
  • The Art Students League

Jacob Lawrence is as famous as the artists below in their preferred media:

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The artist did many of his paintings in series. From the time he held his first exhibition at the age of twenty, he focused on reporting the things he saw happening around him. Each of his series focused on some aspect of the black experience in the United States. Whether it was the violence people experienced, or some other part of life.

Jacob Lawrence’s work can be seen in museums all across the United States. He is a talented illustrator and has done covers for a number of magazines. He has also illustrated several books.

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