Joe Louis (1914-1981)

Joe Louis (1914-1981)
Title
Joe Louis (1914-1981)
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 )
Description 
Portrait
Credit Line 
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Object Number 
1947.217
Marks 
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Inscriptions 
Signed at lower right in graphite: "Enit Kaufman"
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.
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