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The Builders

Title: The Builders
Artist: Lawrence, Jacob   
Date of Work: 1947
Medium/Support: tempera on board
Measurements: 20 x 24 in (50.8 x 61 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed and dated
Inscription Location: lower right
Inscription Text: Jacob Lawrence / 1947
Acquisition Information: Gift of the White House Acquisition Trust
Acquisition Number: 2007.1852.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"Brilliant, saturated orange-red startles our eyes and commands our attention. . . . [The] medium [is] egg tempera, notable for its purity and brilliance. . . . These rectilinear red blocks are played against and interlocked with smaller areas of black, creating a shallow space. . . . Brown and gray-brown patches . . . are used for horizontal beams or plywood panels. Blue is also important, for modeling and for the diagonals that animate the basic compositional grid."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 269
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: genre paintings   
Orientation: Landscape
Image ID: 188
Date (chronological sort): 1947