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Cauliflower and Pumpkin

Lois Mailou Jones (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1905–1998 Washington, D.C.)

Date:
1938
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
H. 21 3/8, W. 25 1/2 in. (54.3 x 64.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Max Robinson, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.535
  • Description

    Mailou Jones was awarded a fellowship in 1937 to study painting at the Académie Julian in Paris. There she produced some forty pictures in just nine months, one of which was Cauliflower and Pumpkin. Her skill as a painter is evident, and reflects her recent study of the work of the French Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne. In this traditional still life arrangement of cabbage, gourd, potatoes, knife, and drapery, Jones achieves a poetic realism that transcends the mundaneness of her props. With thick painterly strokes she "sculpts" the forms and space, using precise planes of color to suggest the smooth surfaces of the pumpkin and tabletop.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed and dated (lower right): Lois M. Jones Paris '38

  • Exhibition History

    Lois Mailou Jones Retrospective, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, November 14, 2009- February 28, 2010, pg. 101.

    Boston, MA: Museum for Afro-American Artists, September 9 - November 11, 1990.

    New York: Hunter College Galleries, November 8 - December 22, 1989.

    The Phillips Collection: ¦Lois Mailou Jones: Selected Paintings and Watercolors¦. October 2-October 31, 1979. Cat. #19.

    Boston: Museum of Fine Arts. ¦Reflective Moments: Retrospective 1930-1972¦, March 1-April 15, 1973. Cat. #2

    Howard University Gallery of Art, College of Fine Arts: ¦Forty Years of Painting, 1932-1972¦. March 31-April 21, 1972, cat.#5.

  • References

    _______. Lois Mailou Jones: Peintures 1937-1951. Tourcoing, France: Presses Georges Freres, 1952. Pl. 28.

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