Label Text: One of a large family from Aledo, Illinois, Doris Lee grew up surrounded by all the comforts and pleasures available to an affluent family in a small Midwestern town. After college she studied art, first in Kansas City and later in Paris, where she adopted the style of the abstractionists then in vogue. On her return to America in 1930, she went to San Francisco where she studied with Arnold Blanch (later her husband), who advised her to paint subjects that she understood. She then began to concentrate on the reminiscences of her childhood and scenes from the world around her, subjects that occupied her for the rest of her life. Thanksgiving, drawn from memories of the holiday in her childhood home, is based on a painting by Lee now in the collection of the Chicago Art Institute.