Black history month day 4: Painter Norman W. Lewis.
Lewis was born in Harlem in 1909. Interested in art from a early age, he amassed a large art history library by the time he was a young man. Though he was a lifelong resident of Harlem, he traveled extensively during the two years that he worked on ocean freighters.
Lewis was know to paint social realism, depicting things that he saw affecting the black community such as bread lines, evictions, and police brutality.
Lewis was the only African- American artist among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists. Throughout his career he worked with other well known artists such as sculptor Augusta Savage and painter Jackson Pollock.
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