May 4, 2007

Fulton and Nostrand

Fulton and Nostrand


Jacob Lawrence

(American, 1917–2000)

Tempera on Masonite

Unframed: 60.9 x 76.2 cm (24 x 30 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 2007.158

Did you know?

Lawrence was teaching art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn when he created this painting.


Having moved to Harlem as a teenager, Lawrence would become the first major artist trained entirely within the neighborhood’s African American community. Throughout his long career he believed art should be a quest for both self and social identity, a notion reflected in this work, one of his liveliest and largest paintings. Teeming with more than forty figures, it depicts the vibrant streetscape at the intersection of Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, near where the artist lived at the time.


The Composition of the Painting
All Walks of Life
The Artist, Jacob Lawrence
Lawrence's Process
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