Detail View

Afternoon Tea
Date: 1949
Dimensions: image: 9 in. x 11 1/4 in. (22.9 x 28.6 cm) sheet: 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm) mat: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cornelia Robinson
Label Text: Perhaps because she so often selected nostalgic memories of childhood for her subjects and because her figures have a quaint stiffness, Doris Lee has sometimes been categorized as a “primitive” artist. While there might be a similarity in overall affect between Lee and a true primitivist like Grandma Moses, her compositions have a sophisticated structure and finish that are missing in Moses. Lee has consciously adopted a primitive idiom in her work because that style yields the atmosphere of her subjects. Afternoon Tea, however spontaneous and untutored it may appear at first glance, is a work in which the artist is in complete control of her technique.
Object Number: 1977/8.35
Currently not on view