Oct 06, 2016 - Sale 2424

Sale 2424 - Lot 38

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
The Negro In Professional Life (Mural Study Featuring Women In The Workplace).

Ink, crayon and watercolor on cardstock, 1945. 254x508 mm: 10x20 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: private collection, Oregon.

Thelma Johnson Streat developed a number of studies and maquettes that were submitted designs for mural projects after she left San Francisco. The artist's estate also includes the large drawing or mural cartoon The Negro in Professional Life that was entered to a juried contest at the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago in 1944. Newspapers described a series of 12 more murals. According to Judy Bullington, Streat's work tied for first place. A 1945 article in The Oregonian newspaper sheds more light on this educational series and describes what Streat was planning: "Her plan is simple. Through the medium of murals painted with a simplicity which will have appeal to all children, regardless of race or creed, exactly what her people contribute to industry." In addition to a Chicago and New York mural, the article describes a Portland group "showing the Negro woman in Industry." Bullington pp. 97-99.