42nd out of 56 books — 3 voters
Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence
Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence includes essays by eight distinguished art historians examining the ways in which Jacob Lawrence's art speaks so powerfully to different audiences. It is the first multi-author, in-depth probe of the artist's entire career: the nature of his work, his education, the critical climate in which he worked, and his use of materi...more
Published June 18th 2001 by University of Washington Press
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This is a beautifully produced art book with many insightful essays about Jacob Lawrence's work. I have admired this artist's work for many years, but didn't know much about him, so the essays in this volume helped me to understand his background and the context of his paintings. Excellent, interesting reading and beautiful reproductions.
The essays were just too dry and full of academic jargon for me to read for fun, but the art! wow, beautifully reproduced bright colors and patterns. I'd seen his paintings one or two at a time, but seeing so many at once is great and lets you see how his style developed. Some paintings are spare and emotional, like Munch or other expressionaists, others are fractured and as dynamic as the futurists. Most of them are of people, and tiny details really make them come alive.