ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES SIGNED BY ACCLAIMED AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST JACOB LAWRENCE
LAWRENCE, Jacob. The Complete Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line. The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence. WITH: Jacob Lawrence. Paintings, Drawings, and Murals (1935-1999). A Catalogue Raisonne. Seattle: University of Washington, 2000. Two volumes. Folio (9-1/2 by 12 inches), original blue and red cloth, original dust jacket, original slipcase.
Signed limited first edition of the complete Jacob Lawrence, including a richly illustrated biography and catalogue raisonne, number 112 of only 250 copies signed on a tipped-in limitation page in Over the Line by Jacob Lawrence.
"This magnificent two-volume study of the dynamic and deeply humanitarian work of one of our greatest African American artists, illustrated with a wealth of jewellike color reproductions, enables readers to fully appreciate the radiant hues, boldly faceted compositions, and grand scope of Lawrence's virtuosic oeuvre for the first time. A catalogue raisonne presents more than 900 paintings, drawings, and murals, most never before published. The companion volume, Over the Line, contains eight insightful and lucent critical and biographical essays by such experts as Lowery Stokes Sims, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the widely published art historians Leslie King-Hammond and Richard J. Powell. These groundbreaking interpretations illuminate Lawrence's formative years in Harlem during the 1930s and his lifelong mission to 'picture an untold story,' the African American experience, by celebrating iconic figures such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman as well as countless unnamed heroes and heroines who overcame prejudice and poverty. Lawrence's key themes, innovative techniques and styles, and mid-career shift from narrative images to more abstracted and jazzy creations are all deftly analyzed. Lawrence passed away as the books went to press" (Booklist).
Fine condition. Quite scarce.