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JACOB LAWRENCE (1917 - 2000) A Negro Woman.
Pen and ink drawing on wove paper, 1958. 241x178 mm; 9 1/2x7 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower right.
With a copy of the poem, A Negro Woman, by William Carlos Williams, on the frame back.
Provenance: acquired at Freeman's, Philadelphia, February 24, 2007; private collection; Michigan.
A Negro Woman is a poem that discusses the complexities of an African-American woman from a different world, cradling a bouquet of marigolds - comparing her role in society and her purpose with a flower that is representative of a beautiful, different world. Jacob Lawrence illustrates the moment in the poem where she appears bare-headed, staring into the storefront. With his drawing, Lawrence captures the essence of her, an ambassador between these two worlds.