1. Describe the major art project of Jacob Lawrence; discuss his style, theme, purpose, materials, and the reason why his work is so important to the Harlem Renaissance.
• The major art project of Jacob Lawrence that he is best known for is the “Migration Series” which was originally entitled “Migration of the Negro”. Lawrence is known for his dynamic cubism style which is an abstract art. In addition, his paintings showed a comparison of black and brown v. vivid colors. Aside from color, most of his works are flat shapes. As for the theme of his paintings, he was big on the great migration theme, and war theme such as the “War Series”. The purpose of his artwork is to showcase the African-American experience during the Harlem Renaissance. The materials he used in his paintings is called tempera which is a paint with mixtures of water and egg. Finally, his work is significant to the Harlem Renaissance because his series of paintings is a legacy that tell a story and experiences of the great movement of African-Americans from the South to the North during that period.
2. What challenges did Augusta Savage overcome to become a sculptor? How did she give back to the Harlem community?
• Augusta Savage was a leading sculptor artist during the Harlem Renaissance. Prior to her success, she had encountered several challenges to achieve the pinnacle of …show more content…
Diego Rivera is a painter and a muralist who had an abstract style in his work. Most of his themes were depicting the lives of the Mexican people. As for Frida Kahlo, she is a self-portrait artist whose style was representational. Her themes were depicting her agony of her medical condition and the sufferings she went through on her miscarriages. In 1933, the couple had a controversial collaboration of a mural called the “Man at the Crossroads” in New York City RCA building which featured Vladmir
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James Van Der Zee was a photographer who was key for understanding the Harlem Renaissance, while also becoming known for his detailed imagery of African-American life. James Van Der Zee was a man of effort. He put his heart into what he loved, that being photography. He took very detailed images and took his time to make the the best images of the Harlem Renaissance. He made a great contribution to the remembrance of the Harlem Renaissance with his pictures, immortalizing it into the history books.
VanDerZee's photographs were known for their elegance and sophistication, and he quickly gained a reputation as one of the best photographers in Harlem. During the Harlem Renaissance, VanDerZee's photographs became even more important. He captured the spirit of the movement, which was characterized by a sense of pride and celebration of African American culture. His photographs of Harlem's residents, including musicians, artists, and writers, helped to create a visual record of the Harlem Renaissance.
He is considered an important figure in the Harlem renaissance because his artwork explained in a deep way how african american life really was. Douglas’s art style was incorporating shadow art with cubist forms to create very deep and meaningful paintings. Some of his work includes his maybe most popular and first piece, The New Negro("Aaron Douglas." Biography.com). Other pieces include Let my People Go which is oil on masonite, Illustrations for The Crisis and Opportunity and Harriet Tubman, mural at Bennett College(Aaron Douglas." Biography.com).
The Harlem Renaissance was a vast artistic, academic, public movement, and musical advancement that changed the way art was viewed in a modernization. Artists like Jacob Lawrence, Augusta Savage, Lois Mailou Jones, Aaron Douglas were just some of the many who influenced the art world. The writing was also a large piece of the Harlem Renaissance, people like Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, Carl Van Vechten, and many others were agitators who used their writing to influence. These people and many others utilized the skill they have and used their varying art forms to mold and manipulate the current world they lived in. Claude McKay is an example of a writer who endeavored to change the way the world regarded him.
Jacob Lawrence was an artist; I am doing a critique about Jacob Lawrence’s art about the Great Migration. The Great Migration was one of the biggest movements where, African Americans migrated from the Southern states to the North, West, and Midwest states from 1910s until the 1970s in America. There were about 6 million African Americans that were a part of the Great Migration. Jacob Lawrence was trying to give a perspective about the Great Migration in his art that other people were not viewing the Great Migration from. In Jacob Lawrence’s art, he showed before and after his art about the Great Migration.
Hannah Parra Ms.McCall APUSH, 3rd Period 3 March, 2015 Question 1: A) The argument established in the excerpt asserted that during the Harlem Renaissance, blacks proved themselves to be active and important forces in our nation and the creation of an American cultural identity, the Renaissance did exactly that. The Harlem Renaissance was an important cultural outpouring for African Americans in Harlem, New York throughout the 1920’s. During this time, blacks advanced in art, literature, music, drama, and dance.
As his artworks deal with political and social issues. His background has influenced him as when he was in college, he studied advertisement design and illustrations. When he was given a Sambo figurine by one of his peers, the SambO figurine is a racial representation of black slavery, as this led him to investigate African American advertisements and racial stereotypes. This changed the way he viewed society and he started to paint works that integrate the racial ideas of African Americans. “Stereotypes have evolved, I’m trying to deal with present and past stereotypes in the context of today’s society” notes Charles (Art21 - PBS, 2001).
He is most well known for his "Lynch Fragments" and was inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. He now has more than 200 pieces in his collection. Edwards's Lynch Fragments are abstract sculptures. It is a piece that speaks strongly critical, controversial problems but they do not represent any one thing. When I am viewing them they look very hard and dark as if it is portraying the feeling of the African American struggles during the civil rights movement.
In the Two Fridas, we see two different characteristics of the same person, eventhough they represent two different people. The Frida on the left illustrates herself in a traditional European dress with a cut exposing her broken heart. On the right side, Frida is in a Mexican attire dress with a full beating heart and is holding a picture of her now ex-husband Diego Rivera. Frida choice of colors for this painting are dark and creates a sense of yearning for someone.
In the case of Jacob Lawrence, his personal style brought the African-American experience to life using contrasts between dark and vivid colors. Nonetheless, two examples of some of his most known paintings include “ The Builders, The Family” and “This is a Family Living in Harlem”. While both paintings are similar in that they both show strong family unity in the African Culture, they are different in the setting where each of the paintings are taking place. Strong family unity is present in, “ The Builders, The Family”, as it shows a nice, well dressed family walking together on their way to either church or their household.
“The Harlem Renaissance” was the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem between the 1920s and 1930s, around the end of World War I. This movement took place in Harlem, New York a predominantly African American community. The Harlem Renaissance was associated with the origin of African American culture drawing writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars to Harlem.
He resided there during the Harlem Renaissance, also known as the New Negro Movement, which “was characterized by an emphasis on the African aspects of black American culture, white patronage, racial pride, and a collaborative spirit” (DeLombard). Although he was reluctant about his artistic opportunities in Harlem as first, he soon realized the impact the community was going to have on him, and his career. “There were so many things I was seeing for the first time”, Douglas stated, “…seeing a big city that was entirely black, from beginning to end you were impressed by the fact that black people were in charge of things” (Knappe 122-3). This is where Douglas began to see and appreciate his historical African roots and take pride in them. In Harlem is also where Douglas met the person who would change his art career forever.
During the 1920’s while segregation existed between blacks and whites, The Harlem Renaissance also known as the New Negro Movement developed in Harlem New York City. The Harlem Renaissance allowed was very benficial to African Americans because it allowed them to express themeselves. ‘Harlem gave African American people a new sense of their own beauty and power” (Haskins,2). During the harlem Renassance African AMericans expressed themselves through different types of art such as music, poetry, dance,and paintings.
Frida Kahlo created many glorious pieces. One of her most intriguing pieces is The Two Fridas. The image is quite symbolic and meaningful. Kahlo was a Mexican artist greatly known for her self portraits and the pain, passion and feminism of her paintings. The name of the piece I choose to analysis is Las dos Fridas, also known as The Two Fridas.