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Self Portrait

1940 Loïs Mailou Jones Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1905 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1998 casein on board 17 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (44.5 x 36.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of the artist 2006.24.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, South Wing

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Jones went to Africa for the first time in 1970, at age sixty-five, but the forms, rhythmic cadences, and vibrant color she associated with the ceremonies of Africa had infused her art since her student years. These influences are apparent in Self Portrait, in which Jones links her identity with traditional African sculpture.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012


Occupation - art - painter

Portrait female - Jones, Lois Mailou