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    Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    20 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

    Another Journey Ended

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    Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)
    Another Journey Ended
    signed and dated 'Jacob Lawrence 67' (lower right)
    gouache on paper
    10½ x 11¼ in. (26.7 x 28.6 cm.)

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    Migration, the subject of Another Journey Ended, is one of the central themes of Jacob Lawrence's work. This leitmotif was particularly salient in 1967 as it was the year that Lawrence completed the series, Harriet and the Promised Land. The series, commissioned by Windmill Books, Simon & Schuster, details Harriet Tubman's flight to freedom. Indeed, flight and migration are the subjects of the majority of works from 1967. Another Journey Ended continues the subject of Harriet and the Promised Land series, depicting the safe arrival of children and adults, and manifests Lawrence's characteristic employment of simplified forms, flattened space and large blocks of color to create modern, narrative compositions.


    Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, New York and Seattle, Washington.
    [With]Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, Washington.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1992.

    Pre-Lot Text



    S. Lewis with M.J. Hewitt, Jacob Lawrence: Paintings and Drawings, exhibition catalogue, Claremont, California, 1989, p. 34, illustrated.
    P. Nesbett and M. DuBois, Jacob Lawrence: Paintings, Drawings and Murals (1935-1999), A Catalogue Raisonné, Seattle, Washington, 2000, p. 168, no. P67-05, illustrated.


    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Arts America Program, United States Information Agency, and elsewhere, Jacob Lawrence: Paintings and Drawings, February 1989, no. 14.
    Stamford, Connecticut, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion Plaza, Fables, Fantasies & Everyday Things, October 14, 1994-January 30, 1995.
    Seattle, Washington, University of Washington, Henry Art Gallery, Jacob Lawrence: Painting Life, July 2-September 27, 1998.