American artist Jacob Lawrence was influenced by the oral and written history to which he was exposed as a youth in Harlem during the 1930s. Lawrence fits the definition of a griot, a storyteller or historian, in his narrative series on the life of abolitionist John Brown. This thesis looks at how Lawrence tells Brown's story both visually and through the use of captions based on his knowledge of Brown's life and actions. Lawrence infuses the Brown series with aspects of storytelling that bring greater depth to his art.
Lawrence's presentation of Brown's story was created first as gouache paintings titled The Life of John Brown (1939) and later as a series of screen prints titled The Legend of John Brown (1977). For purposes of clarity, Lawrence's work will be referred to in this thesis as the John Brown series.
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Black history, American history, Art history|
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