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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist’s estate by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Doris Lee
    Born 1905, Aledo, Illinois
    Died 1983, Clearwater, Florida

    1927 BA Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois
    1929 Kansas City Art Institute
    1930 California School of Fine Art, San Francisco

    Selected museum exhibitions: Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (2020); National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2014); Woodstock Artists Association, New York (1984); New York World’s Fair (1939)
    Selected honors: Carnegie Prize (1944); Logan Purchase Prize, Art Institute of Chicago (1935)
    Selected public collections:
    Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art

    After her studies in the Midwest, France, and California, painter and illustrator Doris Lee settled in New York City and Woodstock, New York. She achieved fame in the 1930s, claiming the prestigious Logan Purchase Prize and winning commissions for public murals that she painted in a deliberately folksy style. An early collector of American folk art and Pre-Columbian artifacts, Lee simplified her style in subsequent decades with increased focus on abstract form. Inspired by the growth of an avocado plant, her Vine series of the mid-1950s offers a charming and sophisticated exploration of repeated forms and unmodulated colors.


Vine Series # 6

signed "Doris Lee" lower center; further signed and titled "Vine Series #6 Doris Lee" on the stretcher
oil on canvas
46 x 24 in. (116.8 x 61 cm.)
Painted circa 1955.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019