Loïs Mailou Jones, Le Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, Paris, oil on canvas, circa 1947-49. Estimate: $12,000 to $18,000.
Loïs Mailou Jones, whose work appears in tomorrow's African-American Fine Art auction, is the subject of a major retrospective at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the city she called home for most of her life. The exhibition, the artist's first, opens on Saturday. Both an artist and a professor, Jones taught at Howard University for 47 years, after working in Paris in the 1930s and '40s. She passed away in 1998 at the age of 92.
Paris street scenes were important subjects for Jones, who painted many scenes of Montmartre en pleine aire. She is also known for her views of Haiti and West Africa. To read more about her upcoming retrospective, check out the Washington Post.