Doris Lee painted two post office murals in Washington DC. Curiously, the US General Services Administration says she is the “only woman artist selected for a U.S. Post Office Department mural commission.” As I have covered a few women muralists here (and skipped over a few), I’m not sure what that’s all about. Perhaps there is some nuance there that I’m missing. Or perhaps it’s another example of women being overlooked — or maybe the others didn’t get paid. I’m going to give the GSA the benefit of the doubt and assume I am missing something.
Several of Ms. Lee’s works can be seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum website. The fact that one is called Thanksgiving and I am writing this a week from Thanksgiving is purely coincidence. Though the quality of the image is lacking, I rather like her collage called Hoot. You can also see one of Ms. Lee’s works at the website for the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
According to the New York Times, Ms. Lee “was not a greatly original painter; she had no qualms about trying anything that struck her fancy, even if it had struck others’ fancies first.” I can’t think of anyone else like that.