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From the Collection of Alitash Kebede

List of Works



1. General Toussaint L 'Ouverture, 1986
2. The Capture, 1987
3. To Preserve Their Freedom, 1988
4. The Coachman, 1990
5. Contemplation, 1993
6. St. Marc, 1994
7. Strategy, 1994
8. Flotilla, 1996
9. The Burning, 1997
10. The Opener, 1997

St. Marc


The size of the prints is 32 x 22 inches either horizontal or vertical.

These prints are based on forty-one paintings from a series also entitled Toussaint L'Ouverture, which was completed in 1938 and is now in the Aaron Douglas Collection of the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans. The paintings were executed in tempera and measure 11 x 19 inches, significantly smaller in scale than the prints. Lawrence reworked many of the images during the process of translating them to silk screen. When an image has been significantly altered from the original, that fact is noted in the catalogue entry. The captions Lawrence provided for the paintings at the time of their execution accompany each of the following entries.

Toussaint L 'Ouverture was a leader in the Haitian revolution. Born a slave, he rose to become commander in chief of the revolutionary army. In 1800 he coordinated the effort to draw up Haiti's first democratic constitution. However, in 1802, before the Republic was firmly established, Toussaint was arrested by Napoleon Bonaparte's troops and sent to Paris, where he was imprisoned. He died in prison the following year. In 1804 Haiti became the first black Western republic.



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No.1 "In the beginning all was void." No.2 " And God brought forth 
the firmament and the waters."
No.3 "And God said "let the Earth 
bring forth the grass, tress, and fruits.'"
No.4 "And God created the day and 
the night and God created and put 
stars in the skies."
No.5 "And God created all the fowls 
of the air and fishes of the seas."
No.6 "And God created all the 
beasts of the earth."
No.7 "And God created man and woman." No.8 " The Creation was done - 
and all was well."

Book of Genesis

Light screenprints on Whatman Print Matt paper

From hand color-separated photo stencils 

Edition of 50 with 8 AP, 2 pp, 6 HC, 1 BAT, 1 AR, 1 CL 

Screens destroyed 

Image: l9 5/8 x 14¾ (49.8 x 36.5) 

Paper: 25 x 19 1/8 (63.5 x (48.6) 
Each print signed bottom right, numbered bottom left in pencil below the image; no printer's chop mark.  Published by the Limited Editions Club, New York; printed at Osiris Screen Printing, New York (George Drexel, master printer).  Also printed in two additional formats: 

Exhibition portfolio

Edition of 22 with 5 AP, 2 pp, 4 HC, 1 TP, 1 BAT, 1 AR, 1 CL 
Image: 195/8 x 14¾ (49.8 x 36.5)  Paper: 26 x 40 (66 x 101.6) Each print signed and inscribed in manner consistent with regular edition. Portfolio titled Eight Passages. Each screenprint trimmed to image and chine collee onto right-hand side of St. Armand paper bearing captions lithographed on left side from mylars hand written by the artist. Lithography and chine collee by Stone Press Editions, Seattle (Kent Lovelace, master printer).  Book Edition of 400 with 50 HC  Each print signed by artist. 

The prints illustrate and accompany the King James version of the book of Genesis. 
Note: The full edition information in both portfolio editions incorrectly states that the book edition consisted of 425 copies. 

"I was baptized in the Abyssinian Baptist Church [in Harlem] in about 1932. There I attended church, I attended Sunday school, and I remember the ministers giving very passionate sermons pertaining to the Creation. This was over fifty years ago, and you know, these things stay with you even though you don't realize what an impact these experiences are making on you at the time. As I was doing the series I think that this was in the back of my mind, hearing this minister talk about these things" - JACOB LAWRENCE



Playground Street Scene
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Family People in the Park
Market Man with Birds
Boy With Kite Farmer


Eight screenprints on Somerset paper
From hand color-separated photo stencils
Edition of 35 with 10 AP, 5 pp
Screens destroyed
Image: 12 7/8 x 10 (32.7 x 25.5)
Paper: 14 7/8 x 11½ (37.8 x 28.2)

Each print signed and dated bottom right Jacob Lawrence 83, numbered bottom left in pencil below the image; no printer's chop mark.

Published by the Limited Editions Club, New York; printed by Studio Heinrici, New York (Alexander Heinrici, master printer). The portfolio includes a signed poem by Robert Penn Warren.

Also published as illustrations in Hiroshima, a special edition book (edition of 1,500) with text by John Hersey. The book includes the Penn Warren poem and is signed on the colophon page by all three collaborators. Hersey's text was originally published in the New Yorker, June 1946.

“Several years ago I was invited by the Limited Editions Club of New York to illustrate a book of my choosing from a list of the club's many titles. I selected the book Hiroshima, written by the brilliant writer John Hersey This work was selected because of its power, insight, scope, and sensitivity as well as for its overall content My intent was to illustrate a series of events that were taking place at the moment of the dropping of the bomb... August 6, 1945. The challenge for me was to execute eight works: a marketplace, a playground, a street scene, a park, farmers, a family scene, a man with birds, and a boy with a kite. Not a particular country, not a particular city and not a particular people.

"Is it not ironic that we have produced great scientists, great musicians, great orators, chess players, philosophers, poets and great teachers and, at the same time, we have developed the capability and the genius to create the means to devastate and to completely destroy our planet earth with all its life and beauty? How could we develop such creative minds and, at the same time develop such a destructive instrument? Only God knows the answer Let us hope that some day at some time, He will give us the answer to this very perplexing question." - JACOB LAWRENCE

Aditional Works

Forward Together
Morning Still Life
Confrontation at the Bridge
People in Other Rooms
(Harlem Street Scene)
The Library

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