Jan 30, 2020 - Sale 2528

Sale 2528 - Lot 9

Price Realized: $ 75,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
LOÏS MAILOU JONES (1905 - 1998)
Bazar Du Quai, Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Oil on linen canvas, 1961. 667x940 mm; 26 1/4x37 inches. Signed, dated and inscribed "Haiti" in oil, lower left.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, with her address on the typed company label on the frame back; the Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., Chicago.

This impressive and vibrant scene of the busy docks of Port-au-Prince is one of the finest and largest paintings from Loïs Mailou Jones' Haitian period we have seen. Jones made a dynamic breakthrough away from her earlier Impressionist style of painting with these modern paintings. Jones took her first trip to Haiti in the summer of 1954 with the invitation of President Paul E. Magloire for a portrait commission, and made subsequent annual trips with her husband Pierre-Noël through 1969. Beginning in 1961, with her Parade des Paysans, sold at Swann Galleries on October 4, 2018, and Bazar du Quai, Jones focused on the abstract forms found in the busy outdoor markets using flattened areas of pattern and color. Today these striking 1960s paintings are some of the artist's most sought after and distinctive works.