Lullaby is a portrait of a mother and child. The mother sits, somewhat reclining, in an oversized, boldly patterned and multicolored upholstered chair. With one arm, she cradles her child, nestling its head beneath her chin. Her other arm rests on one of the chair's massive, embracing arms. This depiction of a private moment and the work's title, Lullaby, invited the viewer to consider notions of motherhood, nostalgia, and intimacy.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
Gwendolyn Clarine Knight preferred creating figural compositions rather than the Abstract Expressionist paintings that other artists of her generation embraced. Knight’s vibrant paintings, primarily portraits and images of dancing figures, express her personal response to life experiences and reveal an abiding interest in her West African heritage. Her experimentation with improvisation and movement is best captured in her “quick, lyrical sketches rendered as etchings and monoprints” that she created at the end of her career.
—From https://thejohnsoncollection.org/gwendolyn-knight/, accessed 6-25-2021
Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence’s work focused on narrative paintings depicting the life, culture, and history of African Americans, through still life, portraits, and urban scenes. The majority of her career produced oil portraits of friends, figure studies of dancers, and watercolor and gouache landscapes. However, her work began to shift in the 1990s, incorporating lyrical depictions of animals through etchings and monoprints. Her inspiration came from spontaneous responses to her surroundings, as well as African dance, sculpture, and theater.
—From https://blog.phillipscollection.org/2019/02/26/phillips-collects-gwendolyn-knight-lawrence/, accessed 6-25-2021
Painter and printmaker Gwendolyn Knight-Lawrence was born in Bridgetown, Barbados. She attended Howard University, Washington, DC.
During the Great Depression, Knight-Lawrence joined the Works Progress Administration (WPA) mural projec...