Lois Mailou Jones (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1905–1998 Washington, D.C.)
Oil on canvas
21 3/8 x 25 1/2 in. (54.3 x 64.8 cm)
Gift of Max Robinson, 1981
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Lois M. / Jones / Paris '38
the artist, Paris and Washington, D.C. (1938–at least 1979); Max Robinson, Chicago (until 1981; his gift to MMA)
Washington, D. C. Howard University Gallery of Art. "Lois Mailou Jones Retrospective Exhibition: 'Forty Years of Painting,' 1932–1972," March 31–April 21, 1972, no. 5.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Reflective Moments: Lois Mailou Jones Retrospective, 1930–1972," March 11–April 15, 1973, no. 2.
Washington, D. C. Phillips Collection. "Lois Mailou Jones: Selected Paintings and Watercolors," October 2–31, 1979, no. 19 (as "Chou-Fleur et Citrouille," lent by the artist).
New York. Hunter College Art Galleries. "Afro-American Artists in Paris: 1919–1939," November 8–December 22, 1989, unnumbered cat.
Boston. Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists. September 9–November 11, 1990.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Still Life Painting: 1915–1950," February 1, 1995–January 28, 1996, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "African-American Artists, 1929–1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–May 4, 2003, extended to July 6, 2003, no. 1.
Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum of Art. "Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color," November 14, 2009–February 27, 2010, unnumbered cat. (p. 101).
Lakeland, Fla. Folk Museum of Art. "Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color," July 3–September 26, 2010, unnumbered cat.
Washington, D. C. National Museum of Women in the Arts. "Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color," October 9, 2010–January 9, 2011, unnumbered cat.
Chattanooga, Tenn. Hunter Museum of American Art. "Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color," January 29–April 24, 2011, unnumbered cat.
James A. Porter et al. Lois Mailou Jones: Peintures, 1937–1951. Tourcoing, France, 1952, pl. 28.
Tritobia Hayes Benjamin. The Life and Art of Loïs Mailou Jones. San Francisco, 1994, p. 30, ill. p. 35 (color), calls it "Chou-fleur et Citrouille, Paris".
Lisa Gail Collins inAfrican-American Artists, 1929–1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2003, pp. 20–21, no. 1, ill. (color).