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Joe Louis (1914-1981)

Object Number: 
1947.217
Date: 
c. 1945
Medium: 
Brown and black crayon and graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 3/4 x 21 3/4 in. ( 50.2 x 55.2 cm )
Marks: 
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right in graphite: "Enit Kaufman"
Description: 
Portrait
Gallery Label: 
Joseph Barrow Louis was the full legal name of this former world's heavyweight boxing champion. He was born near Lafayette, Alabama, and grew up in Detroit after the death of his father, a sharecropper. He defeated James J. Braddock in Chicago in 1937 to win the heavyweight crown, a title he held for twelve years.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Provenance: 
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group