Jacob Lawrence was an American artist who was known for his depiction of African-American history and contemporary life. He referred to his style of painting as dynamic cubism, and he believed that the primary influence was the colors and shapes of Harlem.
He brought the experience of African-Americans to life through the use of vibrant colors and blacks. For 16 years, he was a professor at the university of Washington. He is one of the most prominent African-American artists of the twentieth century. His works have been shown in various museums and galleries.
At the age of 23, he was able to gain national recognition for his work, which was entitled The Migration Series. The series depicted the migration of African-Americans from the South to the urban North. The series was purchased by the Phillips Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. His works are currently in various museums' permanent collections. Some of these include the Whitney Museum, the Philadelphia Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
The Shoemaker - Metropolitan Museum of Art