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Room No. V

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Born in Richmond, Virginia, Cortor and his family relocated to Chicago in 1917 as part of the Great Migration, when many African American families moved from the southern United States to the north in search of jobs. As a child, Cortor attended evening classes at the School of the Art Institute...

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Inscribed on the verso: "The Room No. V" / Eldzier Cortor / July, 1948 / oil on gesso / size 27" x 38" / Chicago, ILL


Signed lower right: E. Cortor


1948, the artist. Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Rosenwald, Beverly Hills, Calif.; by inheritance to their son, John M. Rosenwald, Beverly Hills; 1999, sold by John M. Rosenwald to Joyce Wein (1928-2005), N.Y.; 2005, estate of Joyce Wein; 2007, sold by the estate of Joyce Wein to the MFA through the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. (Accession Date: January 24, 2007)

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Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund and by exchange from a Gift of Frederick L. Jack, The Hayden Collection-Charles Henry Hayden Fund, Anonymous gift in memory of Dewey D. and Anne A. Stone, Robert Jordan Fund, Gift of Mrs. Arthur Tracy Cabot, Bequest of Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow, Gift of the John and Elizabeth Crawford Collection, Bequest of Grenville H. Norcross, Gift of Mrs. William Baxter Closson in memory of William Baxter Closson, Gift of the Estate of Paul Dougherty, Zoe Oliver Sherman Collection, Bequest of Dr. Arthur Tracy Cabot, Ellen Kelleran Gardner Fund, Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes, Edward Jackson Holmes Collection, The Henry C. and Martha B. Angell Collection, Bequest of Miss Lucy Ellis, Gift of Amy and David Dufour, Bequest of Miss Catharine A. Barstow, and Annie Anderson Hough Fund


© Eldzier Cortor; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY



Height x width: 31 x 27 in. (78.7 x 68.6 cm)

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Oil on Masonite