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Jacob Lawrence

1.0 Background Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important artists of the 20th century and best known for his series of narrative paintings depicting important moment in African American history was born on 7th September 1917 in Atlantic City (pbs.org, para. 1). He spent a portion of his childhood life in Pennsylvania after which his parents separated in 1924. Jacob and his siblings went with the mother to New York and settled in Harlem. He was introduced to art at his teen age when his mother enrolled him in Utopia Children’s center which provided an after school art program in Harlem. By 1930’s he could participate in the art programs at the Harlem Art Workshop and the Harlem community art…

Claude Monet

Claude Monet is credited as being the, “initiator, leader and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style” (Nicholas Pioch, Webmuseum). Monet’s advocacy for the Impressionist style grew out of the inspiration to paint outdoors that he gained from his mentor, Boudin. Monet’s paintings, most of which were painted outside even if it meant installing huge canvases or pulley systems to achieve the effect he wanted, feature nature scenes interspersed with some element of mankind’s effect or industrialization and modernization’s presence in nature. Monet is well known for introducing the brushstroke style that has become characteristic of Impressionist painting. His wispy, swirled brushstrokes gave all of his paintings a soft, natural, interpretive effect to the viewer. Monet’s painting, The Stroll, Camille Monet…