African Mask & Harlem Renaissance Art: Loïs Mailou Jones

Les Fetiches by lois Mailou Jones
Loïs Mailou Jones, Les Fétiches, 1938, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Norvin H. Green, Dr. R. Harlan, and Francis Musgrave, 1990.56 Image found here.

Last month I found and shared  information about artist Lois Mailou Jones. I’m curious about African masks so I continue to explore the subject. I really enjoyed how she used these sculptures in her compositions. The above image is Les Fetiches, which displays multiple mask resting one over the other.

Additional art works with similar themes.

Loïs Mailou Jones, Initiation, Liberia, 1983, acrylic on canvas


Loïs Mailou Jones, Moon Masque, 1971, oil and collage on canvas




Additional Sources:



Charles H. Rowell, “An Interview with Lois Mailou Jones.” Callaloo. 12:2 (Spring, 1989): 357 -378); Fern Gillespie, “The Legacy of Lois Mailou Jones,” Howard Magazine (Winter 1999): 8-13; Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998),


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