Long-Missing Jacob Lawrence Painting Comes to Light in New York – ARTnews.com

Just months after experts discovered a work from a Jacob Lawrence series that is currently the basis of a travel survey, curators authenticated another painting from this work that was long believed to be missing.

Plate 28 of Lawrence’s 30-work painting series “Struggle: From the History of the American People” was in the holdings of a resident of New York’s Upper West Side, according to the New York Times. The plant’s owner, a nurse in her late 40s, said she found out she may have a Lawrence on her hands after her son told her about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s version of the show. She then made the Met’s curators aware of the work they visited and authenticated at home.

On the subject of matching items

The painting is entitled Immigrants from All Countries: 1820-1840—115.773 and shows three reduced figures grouped together against a brown background. Only three works from the series are still missing. The Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, which organized the travel show, is looking for advice on where to go.

[How Jacob Lawrence used painting to tell the stories of Black Americans.]

Lawrence’s “Struggle” series, painted between 1954 and 1956, focuses on “a people’s struggles to create a nation and their attempt to build democracy,” as the artist once put it. It contains images of events that took place in the United States between 1775 and 1817. Her subjects included a speech by Patrick Henry on slavery, westward expansion, and Shays’ rebellion, an armed citizen’s rebellion over a currency crisis that formed the basis of the recent discovered 16. Plate.

The current owner of the work told the Times that she did not know how her mother-in-law, who gave her the work, owned it, and she did not know beforehand that it was of art historical significance. “I didn’t know I had a masterpiece,” she said. The 28th panel will now visit the Seattle Art Museum in Washington, which will open its version of the Struggle show on March 5th.

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