Lois Mailou Jones Biography

Educator, Painter (1905–1998)
Lois Mailou Jones was a painter whose works reflect a command of widely varied styles, from traditional landscape to African-themed abstraction.


In the 1930s, Lois Mailou Jones' art reflected the influences of African traditions, and she designed African-style masks and in 1938 painted Les Fétiches, which depicts masks in five distinct, ethnic styles. During a year in Paris, she produced landscapes and figure studies, and African influences reemerged in her art in the late 1960s and early '70s, particularly after two tours of Africa.

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