baskets of produce in front of store in city; three women at right, couple with baby at left; grocer wearing white apron at center; orange, red, green, brown

© Estate Dorothea Lau

Vegetable Market, c. 1940

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Wisconsin born artist Dorothea Lau was active in the 1930s and early 1940s as a painter and printmaker. She studied at the Minneapolis School of Art from 1936 to 1938 and exhibited paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on a number of occasions in these years. She was selected to participate in the WPA [Works Progress Project] / Federal Art Project, Minnesota. The artists were charged with capturing a portrait of life in America, and thousands of paintings, watercolors, and prints were produced. While Lau often brought to light the difficult plight of rural America and the urban poor—joblessness, hard labor, flooding—Vegetable Market is uncharacteristically cheerful. The brightly colored print represents a bountiful fruit and vegetable market, with customers carefully selecting their purchases.

Details
Title
Vegetable Market
Artist Life
1916–1999 (?)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2016.67
Provenance
[M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, Inc., San Jose, Calif., until 2004; sold to Kinney]; Marla J. Kinney, Minneapolis (2004-2016; given to Mia)
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baskets of produce in front of store in city; three women at right, couple with baby at left; grocer wearing white apron at center; orange, red, green, brown

© Estate Dorothea Lau

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