Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) Lawrence, born in 1917 and of African-American heritage, is considered one of the major American artists of the twentieth century. He achieved early fame with his acclaimed sixty panel Migration series that highlighted the exodus of American blacks from the South to the cities of the North during the years of World War I.
"Another great ravager of the crops was the boll weevil." (1940-41) Lawrence painted the 60 pictures not one at a time but production-line style, working on them all simultaneously. In a given studio session he would apply a single color to several paintings in progress. In the next session he would apply another color in the same way. Chromatic recurrence was one way he bound the series together.