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Jacob Lawrence
American, 1917 - 2000

Summer Street Scene in Harlem, 1948
American Painting
Tempera on gesso panel
20 1/16 x 24 1/8 in. (51 x 61.2 cm), without frame

Marion Stratton Gould Fund,  91.5

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Jacob Lawrence chronicled the migration of African Americans from the South to the North in the first half of the 20th century.  In Summer Street Scene in Harlem, Lawrence's style incorporates the flattened surfaces, distorted shapes, and bold colors of modernism to capture the energy and vitality of life in Harlem, New York.  
[Gallery label text, 2007]