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Modernism

Harlem Renaissance
An explosion of black culture in America

Harlem Renaissance, Modernism
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, 1930

Nous Quatre a Paris, Palmer Hayden

Nous Quatre a Paris Palmer Hayden, 1930

Reverie, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Reverie Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, 1930

The Janitor Who Paints, Palmer Hayden

The Janitor Who Paints Palmer Hayden, 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

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