Phillips Collection: The Migration Series

The Migration Series, Panel no. 1 Jacob Lawrence 1940–41

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The Migration Series, panel no. 3 Jacob Lawrence 1940–41
Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series (1940–41), a sequence of 60 paintings, depicts the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between World War I and World War II - a development that had received little previous public attention.
Lawrence spent months distilling the subject into captions and preliminary drawings and preparing 60 boards with the help of his wife, artist Gwendolyn Knight. He created the paintings in tempera, a water-base paint that dries rapidly. To keep the colors consistent, Lawrence applied one hue at a time to every painting where it was to appear, requiring him to plan all 60 paintings in detail at once.
The series was the subject of a solo show at the Downtown Gallery in Manhattan in 1941, making Lawrence the first black artist represented by a New York gallery. Interest in the series was intense. Ultimately, The Phillips Collection and New York's Museum of Modern Art agreed to divide it, with the Phillips buying the odd-numbered paintings.

represented artists

Berenice Abbott    
Ansel Adams    
Pierre Bonnard    
Margaret Bourke-White    
Georges Braque  Georges Braque freereport  
Harry Callahan    
Paul Cézanne    
Jean-Siméon Chardin    
William Christenberry    
Bruce Davidson    
Edgar Degas    
Richard Diebenkorn    
Arthur Dove    
Thomas Eakins    
Alfred Eisenstaedt    
El Greco    
Louis Faurer    
Lee Friedlander  Lee Friedlander freereport  
Emilio Greco    
Lewis Hine    
Winslow Homer    
Paul Klee    
Franz Kline  Franz Kline freereport  
Clarence John Laughlin    
Jacob Lawrence  Jacob Lawrence freereport  
John Marin    
Henri Matisse  Henri Matisse freereport  
Piet Mondrian  Piet Mondrian freereport  
Claude Monet    
Kenneth Noland  Kenneth Noland freereport  
Georgia OKeeffe    
Pablo Picasso  Pablo Picasso freereport  
Auguste Renoir    
Mark Rothko  Mark Rothko freereport  
Alfred Stieglitz    
Paul Strand    
Vincent van Gogh    
Édouard Vuillard    
Brett Weston    
Edward Weston