J. Lawrence - in studio Modern Science and Contemporary Paintings

Jacob Lawrence working on the maquette for Games in his Seattle studio in March 1979. The use of matte, opaque, water-based paints dominated Lawrence's work. Unfortunately, because aqueous media can easily be mistaken for one another, the paints in his works were often misidentified. Scientific investigation of a selection of Lawrence's paintings has provided more precise information on the media of these works. This knowledge will be used to address common deterioration problems associated with some of his paintings. Photo: © Mary Randlett.