RARE STILL LIFE OIL (16 1/2'" x 10 1/2" BY Lois Mailou Jones
November 3, 1905 – June 9, 1998
Lois Mailou Jones was an artist who painted and influenced others during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, during her long teaching and artistic career. Jones was the only African-American female painter of the 1930s and 1940s to achieve fame abroad, and the earliest whose subjects extend beyond the realm of portraiture. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is buried on Martha's Vineyard in the Oak Bluffs Cemetery.
Jones career spanned seven decades during which she painted in various styles, inspired by styles from France, Haiti, Africa, and her native New England. Jones, an African American female artisit working in a racialized, gender-biased society, faced many obstacles. Despite such challenges she earned national and international recognition and honors.
In the 1930s, Lois Mailou Jones' art reflected the influences of African traditions, and she designed African-style masks and in 1938 painted Les Fétiches, which depicts masks in five distinct, ethnic styles. During a year in Paris, she produced landscapes and figure studies, and African influences reemerged in her art in the late 1960s and early '70s, particularly after two tours of Africa.
Visit the site dedicated to her work for detailed information:
"Born in Boston in 1905 and trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Loïs Mailou Jones began her career at a time when racial prejudices and gender discrimination were strong in American culture. Jones received recognition in her lifetime through exhibitions and representation in important museum collections and her work remains a substantial and remarkable contribution to the world of American art."
November 3, 1905
June 9, 1998
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Designers Art School of Boston, Boston High School of Practical Arts
PLACE OF BIRTH
PLACE OF DEATH