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Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance$
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Amy Helene Kirschke

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460339

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460339.001.0001

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The Wide-Ranging Significance of Loïs Mailou Jones

The Wide-Ranging Significance of Loïs Mailou Jones

(p.175) Chapter Seven The Wide-Ranging Significance of Loïs Mailou Jones
Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

Susan Earle

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter deals with the career of Lois Mailou Jones (1905–1998). Her career was notable for several reasons: the variety of her artistic output, the places she lived, the people she met, and her willingness to adapt her visual approach to the content or subject at hand. Jones's involvement with the Harlem Renaissance included her illustrations and textile designs, her artistic and intellectual sources; her work with choreographers in the context of African design; and her connections with other artists. She was also active in responding to the cultural needs of her time, which she accomplished through the versatility of her artistic style as well as other aspects of her work that are not so well known. She was born in Boston and took drawing classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, and had many other intellectual and artistic sources during her stay in Paris, Haiti, and her exposure to the scholar Alain Locke. Despite experiencing hurdles as a black artist, Jones was respected for most of her life. In September 2010 she was recognized posthumously by the Honorable Charles B. Rangel in the New York State House of Representatives.

Keywords:   African design, Museum of Fine Arts, Charles B. Rangel, Harlem Renaissance

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