ObeliskTimeline of Art
,

Harlem Renaissance

An explosion of black culture in America

Kate and Rachel Van Der Zee, Lenox, Mass., James Van Der Zee

Kate and Rachel Van Der Zee, Lenox, Mass.

James Van Der Zee, 1907
Cousin, Suzie Porter, New York City, James Van Der Zee

Cousin, Suzie Porter, New York City

James Van Der Zee, 1914
Peace Halting the Ruthlessness of War, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Peace Halting the Ruthlessness of War

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, 1917
Nude, Harlem, James Van Der Zee

Nude, Harlem

James Van Der Zee, 1923
Garveyite Family, Harlem, James Van Der Zee

Garveyite Family, Harlem

James Van Der Zee, 1924
Cocktails, Archibald Motley

Cocktails

Archibald Motley, 1926
Defiance, from The Emperor Jones series, Aaron Douglas

Defiance, from The Emperor Jones series

Aaron Douglas, 1926
Flight, from The Emperor Jones series, Aaron Douglas

Flight, from The Emperor Jones series

Aaron Douglas, 1926
The Creation, Aaron Douglas

The Creation

Aaron Douglas, 1927
The Judgment Day, Aaron Douglas

The Judgment Day

Aaron Douglas, 1927
Blues, Archibald Motley

Blues

Archibald Motley, 1929
Gamin, Augusta Savage

Gamin

Augusta Savage, 1929
Lazy Bones, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Lazy Bones

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, c. 1930
Nous Quatre a Paris, Palmer Hayden

Nous Quatre a Paris

Palmer Hayden, c. 1930
Reverie, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Reverie

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, c. 1930
The Janitor Who Paints, Palmer Hayden

The Janitor Who Paints

Palmer Hayden, c. 1930
Couple, Harlem, James Van Der Zee

Couple, Harlem

James Van Der Zee, 1932
Self-Portrait (Myself at Work), Archibald Motley

Self-Portrait (Myself at Work)

Archibald Motley, 1933
Black Belt, Archibald Motley

Black Belt

Archibald Motley, 1934
Gwendolyn Knight, Augusta Savage

Gwendolyn Knight

Augusta Savage, 1934-1935
Aspiration, Aaron Douglas

Aspiration

Aaron Douglas, 1936
Girl with Yellow Hat, Norman Lewis

Girl with Yellow Hat

Norman Lewis, 1936
Into Bondage, Aaron Douglas

Into Bondage

Aaron Douglas, 1936
Five Great American Negroes, Charles White

Five Great American Negroes

Charles White, 1939
Talking Skull, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Talking Skull

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, 1939
The Harp, Augusta Savage

The Harp

Augusta Savage, 1939
The Judgment Day, Aaron Douglas

The Judgment Day

Aaron Douglas, 1939
Blind Singer, William H. Johnson

Blind Singer

William H. Johnson, 1940
I Baptize Thee, William H. Johnson

I Baptize Thee

William H. Johnson, 1940
Children, William H. Johnson

Children

William H. Johnson, 1941
Meeting Place, Norman Lewis

Meeting Place

Norman Lewis, 1941
Migration Series No.1: During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.1: During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.2: The war had caused a labor shortage in northern industry. Citizens of foreign countries were returning to their native lands, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.2: The war had caused a labor shortage in northern industry. Citizens of foreign countries were returning to their native lands

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.3:  From every southern town migrants left by the hundreds to travel north, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.3: From every southern town migrants left by the hundreds to travel north

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.4:  All other sources of labor having been exhausted, the migrants were the last resource, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.4: All other sources of labor having been exhausted, the migrants were the last resource

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.5: Migrants were advanced passage on the railroads, paid for by northern industry. Northern industry was to be repaid by the migrants out of their future wages, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.5: Migrants were advanced passage on the railroads, paid for by northern industry. Northern industry was to be repaid by the migrants out of their future wages

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.6: The trains were crowded with migrants, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.6: The trains were crowded with migrants

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.7: The migrant, whose life had been rural and nurtured by the earth, was now moving to urban life dependent on industrial machinery, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.7: The migrant, whose life had been rural and nurtured by the earth, was now moving to urban life dependent on industrial machinery

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.8:  Some left because of promises of work in the North. Others left because their farms had been devastated by floods, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.8: Some left because of promises of work in the North. Others left because their farms had been devastated by floods

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.9:  They left because the boll weevil had ravaged the cotton crop, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.9: They left because the boll weevil had ravaged the cotton crop

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.10: They were very poor, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.10: They were very poor

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.11: Food had doubled in price because of the war, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.11: Food had doubled in price because of the war

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.12: The railroad stations were at times so crowded with people leaving that special guards had to be called to keep order, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.12: The railroad stations were at times so crowded with people leaving that special guards had to be called to keep order

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.13: The crops were left to dry and rot. There was no one to tend them, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.13: The crops were left to dry and rot. There was no one to tend them

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.14: For African Americans there was no justice in the southern courts, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.14: For African Americans there was no justice in the southern courts

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.15: There were lynchings, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.15: There were lynchings

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.16: After a lynching the migration quickened, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.16: After a lynching the migration quickened

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.17:  Tenant farmers received harsh treatment at the hands of the planter, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.17: Tenant farmers received harsh treatment at the hands of the planter

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.18: The migration gained in momentum, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.18: The migration gained in momentum

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.19: There had always been discrimination, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.19: There had always been discrimination

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Next Movement
Constructivism, Modernism

Constructivism

Art should only serve society.

1919-1935

Obelisk uses cookies to measure site usage, helping us understand our readers' interests and improve the site. By continuing to browse this site you agree to the use of cookies. Cookie Policy