Jones went to Africa for the first time in 1970, at age sixty-five, but the forms, rhythmic cadences, and vibrant color she associated with the ceremonies of Africa had infused her art since her student years. These influences are apparent in Self-Portrait, in which Jones links her identity with traditional African sculpture.


  • Title: Self Portrait
  • Creator: Lois Mailou Jones
  • Date Created: 1940
  • Physical Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (44.5 x 36.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of the artist
  • Artist: Born Boston, MA 1905 – Died Washington, D.C. 1998
  • Medium: casein on board

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