began to gain some notice for his dramatic and lively portrayals of both contemporary scenes of African-American urban life as well as historical events, all of which he depicted in crisp shapes, bright, clear. He produced 48 paintings during this time, all of which have been lost. 22 Lawrence became a nationally known figure virtually overnight because of this series. The 41 pictures of the Toussaint LOuverture series (1937-1938) are addressed to Haiti's struggle for independence in the 19th century. 293314, Pantheon Books (Random House 1993, isbn Miles,.