Story Painter Life of Jacob Lawrence
Written by John Duggleby
Illustrated by John Duggleby
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Story Painter Life of Jacob Lawrence by John DugglebyThe paintings of Jacob Lawrence tell stories . A collection of these paintings provide the backdrop for t his biography which tells the story of one of our finest liv ing painters. '
's tempera paintings will invite young people to look closely as they read about the artist's life and work, including his technique and the inspiration he found in the Mexican muralists. The presentation of Lawrence's historical subjects Touissaint-Louverture, the Underground Railroad, migration, civil rights, and more will stimulate group discussion about the African American experience and also about everyone's search for a better life. FROM: THE BULLETIN of The Center for Children's Books University of Illinois Lawrence is one of the most significant American painters of the century, and Duggleby traces his life from his family's move north in the Great Migration to his formative years in Harlem and his professional life as a struggling and then successful artist. The book is particularly good at capably conveying the complicated relationship of Lawrence's art and his African-American culture, including his desire to be an artist whose merit was recognized not just within racial lines and the resentment of some African Americans at Lawrence's absence of political action. There's an inviting look to the book...with its pages in a collection of colors, its incorporated design motifs, and its scrapbooky setting of photographs, that lends it a casual accessibility. Readers who found Lawrence's The Great Migration or Walter Dean Myers'
'Ouverture memorable will find this a useful way to become more acquainted with a great American artist. FROM: THE HORN BOOK By Deborah Taylor Here is a visually striking, well-researched biography of one of the premier African-American artists of the contemporary era. Duggleby recounts the story of Jacob Lawrence's life: his birth in 1917 to parents who had left the South for a better life in the North; his enrollment in an after school program at Utopia's Children's House in Harlem, where he met his first art teacher, Charles Alston, and began to hear stories about the roles African Americans played in history; his decision to paint those historical stories; his innovation of series p'
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18th March 1999
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