Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 74

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
LOÏS MAILOU JONES (1905 - 1998)
Haitian Marketplace.

Oil on masonite board, 1961-64. 362x1016 mm; 14 1/4x40 inches. Signed and inscribed "Haiti" in oil, indistinct and retraced in ink, lower right.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, New York.

This panoramic scene is one of the artist's largest paintings we have seen from Löis Mailou Jones' Haitian period when she made a dynamic breakthough away from her early Impressionist style of painting. Jones took her first trip to Haiti in the summer of 1954 with the invitation of President Paul E. Magliore for his portrait commission, and made subsequent annual trips with her husband Pierre-Noël through 1969. Beginning in 1961, she 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 best known and distinctive works.