Human Colors

Jacob Lawrence was only 24 when he completed his greatest work, and one of American art's true epics: the 60 small paintings celebrating "The Migration of the American Negro." But he stayed with his trademark style--bright colors, stark darks and lights, and an unwavering figurative humanism--through a long, distinguished career. He died at 82.

Although they first caught the art world's eye as part of pop art in the early 1960s, the ghostly plaster figures of George Segal, 75, always seemed more profound. In later decades he created moving memorials to Holocaust victims and FDR.