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Lois Mailou Jones

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Azariah Harris

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Black Culture
Involvement & Role in the Harlem Renaissance
Lois Mailou Jones was the only African-American female painter of the 1930s and 1940s to achieve fame abroad.

She was the earliest whose subjects extended beyond the realism of portraits.

She was most known because her work reflected a variety of artistic styles, including abstract and traditional landscape.
Personal Life
Lois Mailou Jones!
During the Harlem Renaissance her most recognized work was those that reflected African Egyptian traditions. She designed African-style masks, and create multiple tribal patterns. One of her most famous mask was the Les Fétiches, which depicts masks in five distinct, ethnic styles.
Involvement and Role Continued..
Lois Mailou Jones
Famous Renaissance Works of Art
Jones dedicated herself to the development of African American influence in arts. Jones is a trailblazer, a college professor, an artist ambassador, and an international culture expert who documented (sketched) everything she saw.

Nevertheless, as one of the all time award-winning artist, Jones became an advocate for international artists (especially African and Haitians). During her first four-month visit to eleven African countries and personally ( and politically) made connections with the foreign countries (in a cultural aspect) for the rest of her life.

Loïs was the first and only African American to break the segregation barrier denying African Americans the right to display visual art at public and private galleries and museums in the United States.

The Ascent of Ethiopia
Jones' art in the 1930's focused more on the black subject by the influence of Alain Locke.
"Loïs, I like your street scene, the Rue Norvins and I am going to include it in my book [the Negro in Art]. But Loïs, you have got to do more with your heritage. Do you realize what it would mean to you? Look what it has meant to Matisse, Modigliani, Brancusi, and he went on, naming all the artists who used African art in their work. 'It would mean so much more to your work, because it's your heritage."
She often incorporated an African theme into her art, like many other Renaissance artists.

Works of art often reflected ideas of the influential movements during the 20th century:

Harlem Renaissance
Civil Rights Movement

Harlem Renaissance: a time to reclaim their own heritage

Lois Mailou Jones Scrapbooks
Letters were found primarily regarding Jones' exhibitions, Howard University, and her art education in Paris. Photographs from Emile Bernard and photographs of her art studios in Washington, D.C. and Paris were found too. There were also many letters regarding her travel to Haiti, exhibit notices, reviews and interviews.
Most Famous Works of Art
Les Fétiches - 1938
Les Fétiches depicts African masks as a metaphor for the expressive yet problematic aspects of the modern black identity. It portrays the meaning of what it meant to be "African" in the twentieth century.
The Ascent of Ethiopia combined the African theme with cubism. It portrays references to Egypt and African American culture. Cubism is seen in many of her later paintings. Cubism was an early 20th century style of art that consisted of geometric shapes, interlocking planes and collage.
The Ascent of Ethiopia
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