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Thanksgiving

Black print of several smiling women working in a kitchen with a checkered floor, children and pets among them.

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  • Black print of several smiling women working in a kitchen with a checkered floor, children and pets among them.

Date:

printed 1942, after the painting of 1935

Artist:

Doris Lee (American, 1905-1983)
printed by Associated American Artists (American, founded 1934)

About this artwork

Raised in the small town of Aledo in rural western Illinois, Doris Lee studied art in Italy and France before returning to the United States, eventually settling in Woodstock, New York. She adopted a deliberately naive style for her 1935 painting Thanksgiving, which was initially controversial. Lee’s seemingly untaught aesthetic put her in the vanguard of American modernism. The subsequent lithograph, shown here, was marketed for five dollars to middle-class purchasers; it became, and remains, an iconic image of the American holiday.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Doris Lee

Title

Thanksgiving

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Printed 1942

Medium

Lithograph on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

Stone: 22.5 × 30 cm (8 7/8 × 11 13/16 in.); Sheet: 30.5 × 42.8 cm (12 1/16 × 16 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. T. Stanton Armour Endowment

Reference Number

2004.521

Extended information about this artwork

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