The Blue Boat, Tisbury

1943
Loïs Mailou Jones (American, 1905–1998)


Accession Number

2006.1445

Medium or Technique

Transparent watercolor with graphite underdrawing on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

The American Modernist and painter of the Harlem Renaissance, Lois Mailou Jones attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (1923-27), was educated further in Paris, and had significant influence on generations of art students who attended Howard University, where she taught most of her life. The Blue Boat, a watercolor painted in 1943 in Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard reveals Jones’s early work as an independent artist after she gave up commercial art and turned from design to observed reality - portraiture and landscape. Yet the rhythms and pattern of colors in this view of the small boat, virtually hidden in the foliage on the shore, are typical of the strong design elements that pervade Jones’s work.

Inscription

L.r. in watercolor: LOIS M. JONES '43

Signed

signed

Provenance

Estate of the artist; gift to MFA September 20, 2006

Credit Line

Gift of the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust

Copyright

© Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust