Media - 1986.6.53 - SAAM-1986.6.53_2 - 135610
Copied 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

Artwork Details

Not on view
sheet: 2229 12 in. (56.074.9 cm)
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Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums Description
brush and ink, pen and ink, crayon, and pencil on paper
  • Allegory — civic — liberty
  • Allegory — other — liberation
  • Fantasy
  • Animal — reptile — snake
  • Figure group
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Artwork Description

“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


Media - 1986.6.100 - SAAM-1986.6.100_2 - 135134
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection
October 20, 2018November 28, 2018
This exhibition presents some of the most treasured paintings and sculpture from SAAM’s permanent collection, including artworks by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, George Tooker, among others.