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Migration panel 24. Child labor and a lack of education was one of the other reasons for people wishing to leave their homes.

Migration panel 24. Child labor and a lack of education was one of the other reasons for people wishing to leave their homes. by Jacob Lawrence

Details:

  • 1940-41
  • Tempera On Gesso On Composition Board
  • 12 x 18 in
  • Museum of Modern Art, NY
  • Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy.
  • © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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SKU: #65189


Images of agricultural laborers drawn on walls and papyrus scrolls in ancient Egypt served are recalled in the forefront of this panel. Children are portrayed in frontal, profile positions along the horizontal plane in a frieze-like placement. Set against a desert-like landscape, dressed in knee-length wraps, and holding woven baskets presumably filled with cotton, the history of African Americans is traced from their roots in Africa to the present day. By alluding to African history through stylized poses and influence of ancient Egyptian art, Lawrence points to the concern many black leaders and educators possesed regarding the widespread use of child labor on Southern farms and more importantly, how history has repeated itself.