Escape

  • Jacob Lawrence, Escape, 1967, brush and ink, pen and ink, crayon, and pencil on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.53

Exhibition Label
“My work is abstract in the sense of having been designed and composed, but it is not abstract in the sense of having no human contact. I want to communicate. I want the idea to strike right away.” ---Jacob Lawrence

Escape is a preliminary study for Through Forests, Through Rivers, Up Mountains, Lawrence’s tribute to Harriet Tubman, who, after her own escape from slavery, helped others negotiate the journey to the northern states and Canada. Communicating his idea forcefully, Lawrence depicted Tubman schematically; her hands are large as they urge fleeing families to move forward.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
Title
Escape
Artist
Date
1967
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 22 x 29 1/2 in. (56.0 x 74.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
brush and ink, pen and ink, crayon, and pencil on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Fantasy
  • Animal – reptile – snake
  • Allegory – civic – liberty
  • Allegory – other – liberation
  • Figure group
Object Number
1986.6.53
Palette
Linked Open Data
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