Signed first limited edition thus, the epic production of the Biblical Book of Genesis with striking screenprint illustrations by Jacob Lawrence.
"[O]ne of the great modern painters of the twentieth century" — Paul Finkelman
The Smithsonian American Art Museum calls Jacob Lawrence "[t]he most widely acclaimed African American artist of [the 20th] century." His dynamic style blends color and movement to create compositions with impact, and his narrative paintings and murals of moments from Black American history appear in collections worldwide. Lawrence's illustrations for this massive edition of the Book of Genesis are unusual for the genre: instead of depicting traditional scenes of creation and the Garden of Eden, he focuses on how a Black minister makes these stories real to his congregation. Lawrence based his expressive, colorful screenprints on his "youthful memories of passionate sermons" he attended at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem (The Walters Art Museum). A beautiful production.
Read more: Paul Finkelman, Encyclopedia of African American History; "Jacob Lawrence," Smithsonian American Art Museum; "Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series," The Walters Art Museum.
New York: Limited Editions Club, (1989). Full title: The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis, the King James Version. 21.75'' x 16''. Original blue cloth binding with gilt lettering. In original black cloth clamshell box, with goatskin title label to front. Eight full-page color sceenprints with tissue guards.  leaves. Signed by Lawrence to colophon, and hand-numbered 119 (of 400). Limited Editions Club newsletter number 558 from May 1990 loosely laid in. Clamshell with several small areas of toning. Binding with scattered tiny areas of soiling. Interior tight and clean.
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