Nellie Mae Rowe (1900-1982) | Untitled (Yellow Bird)

Wax crayon on paper
Circa: 1970s
Size: 12" x 18" (sight)
Nellie Mae Rowe was an African American self-taught artist who left an indelible mark on the world of folk and outsider art. Born in 1900 in Fayette County, Georgia, Rowe's life was marked by hardship and adversity. Despite limited formal education and financial resources, she embarked on a creative journey that would ultimately make her a celebrated figure in the art world. Rowe's art was a vibrant reflection of her unique perspective on life, drawing inspiration from her Southern roots, her vivid dreams, and her deep spirituality.

Rowe's work is held in numerous collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Provenance: Ricco / Maresca; Siri Von Reis, New York, Private Midwestern Collection


Condition: Excellent with 8 ply matting and Optium acrylic glazing.

Price: SOLD