The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of September 24, 2016

Untitled (Rooftop View), 1957

oil on masonite, Unframed: 61.00 x 63.50 cm (24 x 25 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2009.7

Trained in Cleveland before launching his mature career in Detroit and New York, Lee-Smith frequently painted isolated - and often solitary - figures amid desolate cityscapes and landscapes. They have pronounced overtones of introspection, which the artist attributed to his experiences as a man of color: "In my case, aloneness, I think, has stemmed from the fact that I’m Black. Unconsciously it has a lot to do with alienation."

signed lower right "Lee-Smith / '57"Library materials about Hughie Lee-Smith (4)

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