Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 39

Price Realized: $ 62,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000
LOÏS MAILOU JONES (1905 - 1998)
Lobsterville Beach.

Oil on linen canvas, 1945. 660x813 mm; 26x32 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right recto. Signed and inscribed "Howard University, Washington, DC" in ink, and titled in chalk on the upper stretcher bar, verso.

Provenance: private collection, MD.

This impressive Impressionist canvas is one of the largest landscapes by Loïs Mailou Jones we have located of a Martha's Vineyard subject. This bustling beach scene is from the two mile long Lobsterville Beach found at the western end of the island above Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head). In the early 1940s, Jones had already begun a successful career as a painter with her inclusion in exhibitions at the Phillips Collection, the National Academy of Design, the Barnett-Aden Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Institute of Modern Art in Boston. In 1945, Jones received a BA degree in art education, magna cum laude, from Howard University.

Earlier in 1941, she painted another local beach scene Indian Shops, Gay Head, Massachusetts, 1940. Now in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the painting received the Robert Woods Bliss Award for Landscape from the The Society of Washington Artists at the Corcoran Gallery. Benjamin pp. 49-50.