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© 2007 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/ Artists Rights Soc


ca. 1954
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm)

Jacob Lawrence
United States (Atlantic City, NJ, 1917 - 2000, Seattle, WA)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Tempera on gesso panel
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1974.1
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Location: Not currently on view

Compare the ominous and somber mood of Jacob Lawrence’s Gamblers with the upbeat and optimistic flavor of his painting Summer Street Scene in Harlem (MAG collection). The still and formal arrangement of figures and cards in Gamblers, the delicate floral vine that arches across the canvas, and the casket or tombstone forms behind the standing men create a scene that is very nearly funereal, perhaps suggesting the idea that life (and death) is a game of chance.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

Artist's signature, lower left: Jacob Lawrence

Alan Gallery, New York; (#105 Sotheby Parke Bernet Sale 3617, 3-21-74); purchased by the Gallery in 1974

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Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line In conjunction with the exhibition Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line at the Phillips Collection, this website explores the life and work of Jacob Lawrence. Teaching Resources and artwork by children inspired by Lawrence are also included in this website.

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