Jacob Lawrence, (1917 - 2000)
The Builders (also The Family)
1974

Serigraph print, ed.157/300
34" x 25 3/4"

Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection


Jacob Lawrence was a great American painter of history and urban life, an icon and national treasure who lived for many years in the city of Seattle. The Builders is a theme that Jacob Lawrence has repeated throughout his career as an artist. As a youth he was exposed to the various tools of the workshop, where he found both the tools and those who used them to be beautiful to watch. He assembled a collection of tools for his visual enjoyment because he loved their look and respected their function.