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Doris Emrick Lee (February 1, 1905 – June 16, 1983) was an American painter known for her figurative painting and printmaking. She won the Logan Medal of the Arts from the Chicago Art Institute in 1935.
She was born in Aledo, Illinois and attended Ferry Hall School, a preparatory school for girls in Lake Forest, Illinois, from 1920-22. She graduated from Rockford College in 1927 and studied with the American Impressionist Ernest Lawson at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1929. And in 1930 she attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Her career took off in 1935 when her painting “Thanksgiving Dinner” won the Logan Prize in the annual show at the Art Institute of Chicago. As a Works Progress Administration artist during the 1930s, she was commissioned to create several murals by the United States Treasury Department in Washington, DC. In 1937 Lee painted two murals in the Main Post Office in Washington, DC and another in the Summerville, Georgia Post Office. That same year the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired her 1936 painting Catastrophe for its permanent collection. During the 1930s and 1940s she created a number of lithographs for the Associated American Artists.
She taught at Michigan State University and Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, and she also worked as a magazine and book illustrator. She was married to photographer Russell Lee then she married the artist and teacher Arnold Blanch in 1939, and for many years they lived and worked in Woodstock, NY. For a while she maintained a studio in New York City.
- Lowery Stokes Sims, Doris Emrick Lee 1904-1983 #16, The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art, Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rizzoli, NY 1991, p.57.
- Lowery Stokes Sims, Doris Emrick Lee 1904-1983 #16, The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art, Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rizzoli, NY 1991, p.56.
- National Gallery Biography
- , Smithsonian Archives of American Art Interview with Doris Lee, 1964 retrieved November 19, 2007
- Offering a Painter for History’s Reconsideration by Roberta Smith for the New York Times
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