[2015] Maddy Prucha (6th Grade 15-16): Jacob Lawrence

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[2015] Maddy Prucha (6th Grade 15-16): Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence created art in a Cubist style. In the Cubist style, objects are painted from different angles. My artist also liked to paint in series and each painting had a caption underneath it so he could tell a story with both pictures and words.

Many famous African Americans were the subjects of Jacob Lawrence’s most fantastic works of art. Heros like Toussaint L’Ouverture, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass have influenced Jacob Lawrence’s amazing pieces. He definitely left behind his culture in his legacy.

Jacob Lawrence lived in a time when black painters were usually disliked by white audiences. It was very cruel! But this did inspire some of his greatest works of art, including The Life of Frederick Douglass. He also was alive during the Harlem Renaissance, which helped strengthen his pride in his culture. Take that pride, Jacob, you’ve done great.

Jacob Lawrence started his art career in the 1930s, when he attended the Harlem Art Workshop. Sadly, his parents had separated earlier before and his mom had moved him to Harlem. His first paintings were about the inspiring life of Frederick Douglass. That was all during the Harlem Renaissance. During World War II, he was drafted into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1943. At the war’s end, he was honorably discharged. Over his lifespan, he created 319 works of art.

Jacob Lawrence

Style of My Artist

World of My Artist

Important Events

Important People

Burns, Sarah. "Lawrence, Jacob." World Book Student. World Book, 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2014ⓒ©Mattern, Joanne. “Jacob Lawrence.” ABDO Publishing Company,ⓒ2005

Works Cited


The Migration Series

They Were Very Poor

The Wedding

The Life of Frederick Douglass

The Life of Harriet Tubman


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