Forty-one tempera paintings recount the dramatic story of the military hero Toussaint L’Ouverture, revered as the founding father of Haiti.
Jacob Lawrence’s paintings often tell epic stories from African American history. This exhibition offers the rare opportunity to see one of his most important series in its entirety. The dramatic story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, revered as the founding father of Haiti, is recounted through 41 tempera paintings. Lawrence’s signature style of geometric shapes and expressive colors lends an emotional edge to this sweeping tale. Although it illustrates the horrors of slavery and battle, the series is also a testament to the endurance of the human spirit forged during the struggle for freedom.
2015/10/10 - 2016/01/17
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Lynne Ambrosini, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of European Art, will share her insights about the exhibition in these gallery talks — Thursday, October 15, 1:30 p.m. and Friday, December 4, 1:30 p.m.
Exhibition tours take place every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Visit www.taftmuseum.org for more information on talks and tours.