Jacob Lawrence’s “The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture” at DC Moore Gallery, New York

Jacob Lawrence’s “The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture” at DC Moore Gallery, New York

One best-known 20th century African-American painters, Jacob Lawrence’s “The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” is on view at DC Moore Gallery, New York, through March 2, 2019. The exhibition showcases a complete set of prints created by the artist between 1986 and 1997 that rarely appear together.

According to the gallery, these prints are derived from 41 tempera paintings completed in 1938, comprising “The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” which is now in the collection of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. Fifteen of these paintings are translated into silkscreen prints by the artist and are all included in the exhibition.

“The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” 1936-38, was the artist’s first narrative series and predates such other well-known early series as “The Life of Frederick Douglass,” 1939; “The Life of Harriet Tubman,” 1940 (both Hampton University Museum); and “The Migration Series,” 1941 (MoMA and The Phillips Collection). According to the galley, it is Lawrence’s strong angular figuration as well as his bold use of color that expressively depict the life of L’Ouverture and his struggle against slavery and oppression as leader of the Haitian Revolution.

As the gallery says, “Born a slave in 1743, L’Ouverture participated in the rebellion from its beginnings and rose to become commander-in-chief of the revolutionary army. He led the campaign in 1800 to draft Haiti’s first democratic constitution. In 1802, L’Ouverture was arrested by Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops and sent to Paris, where he was imprisoned and died a year later, only shortly before Haiti became the first black Western republic in 1804.”

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was best known for his portrayal of African-American life. In addition to being a painter, storyteller, and interpreter, he was also an educator. His work is held in public collections throughout the US. Other major traveling exhibitions of Lawrence’s work have been showcased in museums across the country, including The Seattle Museum of Art, The Hampton University Museum in Virginia, and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.


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