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Jacob Lawrence Painting, Missing for Decades, Is Found by Met Visitor – The New York Times

The panel by the renowned Black artist, part of his “American Struggle” series, was last seen in 1960. But someone had a hunch where it was.



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It is the only one of Lawrences 10 series not preserved intact in public collections, which is partly why Struggle has been little known until now. In the late 1950s, the artists dealer, Charles Alan, showed Struggle twice at his gallery and approached multiple museums about acquisition with no takers. It was the era of the McCarthy hearings, and Ms. Bailly, the curator, suggested that the incendiary politics of the time played a role in the reception of this project.
The series then was sold to…

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