Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

Jacob Lawrence working

Jacob Lawrence


This section examines Jacob Lawrence’s life and influences, including artists, philosophers, and poets. Lawrence grew up surrounded by the vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance.

Learn more about his early life and leading Harlem Renaissance thinkers, such as Alain LeRoy Locke and Charles Alston, and their impact on Lawrence's artistic style and approach to storytelling.