Jacob Lawrence was one of the great painters of 20th century America. His Great Migration series is an extraordinary work both of art and social history, documenting the migration of African Americans from the South to the Northern cities. I have published the full set of 60 paintings over a series of six posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Helen Zughaib, a Lebanese-born American artist, has taken Lawrence’s series as a template for a new set of paintings on a new migration – that of Syrian refugees. It is both a wonderful homage to Lawrence and a striking work on its own. Here is a small selection, with each of Zughaib’s paintings preceded by the Lawrence image to which it refers. (The full set is on Zughaib’s website; it has also been showing in a number of galleries worldwide.)