Born in Harlem in 1909, Norman Lewis was acutely aware of the racial inequality which surrounded him from a young age. He knew at just ten years old that he wanted to express himself and his feelings through art. He studied art in high school and briefly worked as a seaman before returning to New York to expand his knowledge of art. He learned from artist Augusta Savage and attended Columbia University before going on to teach others at various high schools and colleges about the world of art. As he taught others, he learned more about his personal voice and consequently his art constantly evolved and changed.
Check out these sources for more information and to help answer the questions
This source has a good selection of pictures and captions to answer question #1
This link goes into more detail about Lewis' life for questions 2 and 3 but feel free to skim
1. Choose one of the paintings shown in the first source provided to which you are most drawn. Why did you choose this piece? What techniques or principals make this work effective?
2. How did the artwork of Norman Lewis change over time?
3. How did Norman Lewis’ awareness to the injustices against African Americans affect his work and interactions in the art community?
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