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FREDERICK D. JONES (1914 - 2004 ) Untitled (Harlequin).
Oil on linen canvas, circa 1950. 610x457 mm; 24x18 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.
Provenance: Dr. J. Clay Smith, Jr., Washington, DC; private collection, Maryland. Dr. Smith was a professor and dean at Howard University School of Law, author of several books on African-Americans in the judicial system and director of the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Dr. Smith served as President of the Washington Bar Association and was the first black lawyer elected as National President of the Federal Bar Association.
This oil painting by Fred Jones is a scarce example of his early surrealist work on canvas. With the Arts Craft Guild, Jones studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with mentor George Neal and fellow young artists Eldzier Cortor, Charles Sebree and Charles White. Jones joined this group in the founding of the South Side Community Art Center in Bronzeville in the early 1940s. His work is found in many insitutional collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Clark Atlanta University Art collection and the Minnesota Museum of Art.