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Zach Finkle Jacob Lawrence, Harlem Series : You Can Buy Bootleg Whiskey for Twenty-five Cents a Quart , 14 3/8 in x 21 1/2 in, 1943, gouache on paper, 1943, image source: Jacob Lawrence used many of the formal elements and principles of design in his piece You Can Buy Bootleg Whiskey for Twenty-five Cents a Quart. At first glance the first formal element that struck me was Lawrence’s use of color. He uses very bold striking colors to show the liveliness within the scene. His use of complementary colors makes the painting pop and really look bright. The red dress and the green floor show a contrast as well as the blue on the man’s shirt with the yellow orange background of the wall. I thought another aspect that Lawrence was very successful in was creating visual texture. He was able to break up the different shapes by creating a different texture on each. The floor is much less smooth than the wall and that helps to break them up even more. I was impressed that even the edge of the table even appeared to have a woodgrain to it. Line and shape are obviously very important to this

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