My Mother's Hats

1943
Loïs Mailou Jones (American, 1905–1998)


Dimensions

45.7 x 53.3 cm (18 x 21 in.)

Accession Number

2005.215

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Paintings

Jones studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and her earliest works are designs for textiles and costumes. In the 1930s, she turned to painting, continuing her studies in Paris. She taught at Howard University from 1930 to 1977 and in 1973 she was the first African-American woman to be given a one-person show at the MFA. This painting, which depicts three elaborate hats designed by Jones’s milliner mother, is typical of her richly colored and freely-brushed style of the 1940s.

Provenance

the artist; to her estate; to MFA, 2005, gift of the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust.

Credit Line

Gift of the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust

Copyright

© Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust