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Funeral Sermon

Jacob Lawrence

American Art

Displaying the abstracted design elements and vibrant colors that characterize Jacob Lawrence’s style, Funeral Sermon commemorates the death of his sister from tuberculosis in 1944. An expression of personal grief, this work also addresses larger social issues, including the importance of spirituality in the black community and the overcrowded housing and inadequate health-care facilities in Harlem that led to disease and untimely death.
MEDIUM Watercolor and graphite with some varnish on heavy, textured wove paper
DATES 1946
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 29 3/8 x 21 1/8 in. (74.6 x 53.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Jacob Lawrence 1946 ©"
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000). Funeral Sermon, 1946. Watercolor and graphite with some varnish on heavy, textured wove paper, Sheet: 29 3/8 x 21 1/8 in. (74.6 x 53.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 48.24. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.24_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 48.24_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2017
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