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Legacy for the Generations: Jacob Lawrence's Legend of John Brown



<DIV class=caption align=left><EM>For forty years, John Brown reflected on the hopeless and miserable condition of the slaves,</EM> 1978Screenprint, edition 50/60Collection of Derrick JohnsonPhoto courtesy of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts&nbsp;</DIV>
For forty years, John Brown reflected on the hopeless and miserable condition of the slaves, 1978
Screenprint, edition 50/60
Collection of Derrick Johnson
Photo courtesy of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 
Legacy for the Generations: Jacob Lawrence's Legend of John Brown
UNITED STATES
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA  •  Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College  •  Ongoing
 
In 1941, while living in New Orleans with his new wife, Gwendolyn, 24-year-old artist Jacob Lawrence (1917 - 2000) began a series of gouache paintings focused on the life of the abolitionist John Brown. More than 35 years later, the deteriorating paintings were in the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Lawrence revisited the series to produce screenprints based on the originals. The result was a limited edition portfolio of 22 hand-screened prints produced by Ives-Silverman Inc. of New Haven, Conn. They were published by the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1978. A poem, John Brown, by Robert Hayden was commissioned to accompany the portfolio.

The narrative tells the story of Brown’s assault on slavery by force with the support of Northern abolitionists. His most famous act was the ill-fated attack on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry, Va., in 1859. Brown was captured, convicted of treason and hanged.


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Lynchburg, VA 24501-3199


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