Gwendolyn Knight


Age: 91

painter and sculptor who emerged from the shadow of her husband, painter Jacob Lawrence (d. 2000), late in her life but did not begin to exhibit formally until the 1970's (and was long known as the wife of Lawrence, a leading visual chronicler of the black experience), who began painting when she was young and was still setting out in new directions in her old age, but who suddenly began to draw scenes and figures from memory in the 1990's after having devoted most of her career to oil portraits of friends, figure studies of dancers, and watercolor and gouache landscapes that seemed to be companion pieces to her husband's work.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: May 26, 1913

Died: February 18, 2005

Seattle, Washington