Retrospective on Lois Mailou Jones at National Museum of Women in the Arts

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Portrait of a young Lois Mailou Jones

Found this out on the art newspaper Art Daily: Washington artist Loïs Mailou Jones was once told by a decorator that a colored girl wasn’t capable of producing the beautiful designs that she submitted as a textile designer to department stores. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, and studying in France in the 1930s, Ms. Jones ended up teaching at Howard University for 47 years, and continued painting until her death in 1998. She used watercolors and oils in many of her paintings.

The Ascent of Ethiopia - 1932. Oil on Canvas

The vibrant colors she later grew so fond of using in her work, and also the African motifs, were influenced by her trips to Haiti and Africa. (She married Haitian graphic artist Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël in 1952.) The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents a 70-year Retrospective on this prolific African-American artist entitled “Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color.” It opened October 9, and will run until January 9, 2011. ≈Art Daily has an extensive review of the collection that you can find here. To find out more about Lois Mailou Jones, you can check out her official website. Also check out “Ethnic Roots and Urban Arts” for more information on African-American and Puerto Rican Artists.

Street Vendors, Haiti

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