Thanksgiving

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1935

Artist:

Doris Lee
American, 1905–1983

About this artwork

Doris Lee’s bustling scene of women preparing a Thanksgiving feast became the object of national headlines when it was first exhibited at the Art Institute in 1935 and won the prestigious Logan Purchase Prize. The themes of Thanksgiving, rural customs, and family life, which Lee painted in a deliberately folksy manner, would have had great appeal to a country still in the midst of the Depression. Yet Josephine Logan, the donor of the prize, condemned the work’s broad, exaggerated style, founding the conservative “Sanity in Art” movement in response. This controversy only brought Lee fame, and Thanksgiving has been recognized as one of the most popular nostalgic views of this American ritual since that time.

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American Art

Artist

Doris Lee

Title

Thanksgiving

Origin

United States

Date

1930–1940

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower right: Doris Lee

Dimensions

71.3 × 101.8 cm (28 1/8 × 40 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize Fund

Reference Number

1935.313

Extended information about this artwork

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