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The Migration Series, Panel no. 9: They left because the boll weevil had ravaged the cotton crop.

The Migration Series, Panel no. 9: They left because the boll weevil had ravaged the cotton crop. by Jacob Lawrence

Details:

  • between 1940 and 1941
  • Casein Tempera On Hardboard
  • 12 x 18 in.
  • 30.48 x 45.72 cm
  • Phillips Collection
  • Acquired 1942
  • 1156
  • © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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SKU: #64124


An imaginative scene from the rural South shows the fatal boll weevil, a cause for the failure of the cotton crop and thus the poverty in the South, destroying the plant before the viewer’s eyes. The long and pastel cotton crop mimics the long form of the mountains in the background, but contrasts heavily with the ominous black creatures attached to them. When asked about the mammalian nature of his depiction of the insect, Lawrence confessed that he had never even been to the South at the time he painted this, let alone see a Boll Weevil, thus highlighting his heavy use of imagination in this panel.