Oct 18, 2012 - Sale 2290

Sale 2290 - Lot 23

Price Realized: $ 4,080
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
Chicago Slum.

Watercolor and pencil on cream wove paper, 1938. 381x305 mm; 15x12 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right recto, and lower left verso.

Provenance: the artist; R. E. Pool, Talladega College (presented in 1960), according to the typed label on the frame back; private collection.

Lawrence Jones was a painter and printmaker whose work is relatively unknown. He moved to Chicago from the Lynchburg, VA area with money raised by his town, to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1932. He was awarded a full scholarship, worked in the Federal Art Project and later was included in the prestigious Tanner Art Galleries' Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro (1851-1940) in the summer of 1940. Jones went on to teach art at Dillard University in New Orleans, and won a Rosenwald Scholarship to study in Mexico, where he worked at the Taller Gráfica Popular. He had a long teaching career, working at Fort Valley State College in Georgia, and became head of the art department at Jackson State Teachers College. His prints are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the St. Louis Art Museum.