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Children's Art at the Phillips Art Collection on the Jacob Lawrence Exhibit. Teaching Resources and extensive information, as well as images.

The Jacob Lawrence Interactive Program

Be sure to explore both the Teaching Resources and the Chidren's Art. Both sections have interesting material for the methodology of visual sociology analysis. The interactive Teaching Resources program will take you step by step through the methods Jacob Lawrence used to tell the story of the Great Migration.

Look especially at the strength he portrays through the line of the arms, the brightness of the colors in Ironers. Look at the small portion of sky, and the way the workers seemed to be crammed in together. Notice that the artist can control these details while working. The photographer must wait for the appropriate lines, shapes, and forms to present themselves.

Women Ironing, c. 1884
Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917
Oil on canvas
32-3/8 x 29-3/4 in. (82.2 x 75.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
2002 Norton Simon Art Foundation

"Paris was famous for its laundries, which serviced a large portion of the city and its suburbs. Many artists and writers used these laundries as subjects. Writing on Degas' laundresses, de Goncourt hailed the laundry profession, as well as that of the dance, "as supplying a modern artist with the most pictorial models among the women of today." Over a thirty-year period, Degas created twenty-seven works depicting laundresses, with many variations on the same poses." Norton Simon Web Site. Snow at Louveciennes is in the Phillips Collection.

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