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Black Americana oo/c “Shoeshine .25” Beale St., Memphis Tenn., by Dixie Hampson Durham 1960
We are very proud to offer an original oil on canvas (linen) 22 inches x 28 inches by Dixie Hampson Durham, signed lr. The wonderful subject is a "Shoeshine Stand .25 (cents)" next to a street sign "Beale St." Memphis Tennessee about 1960. This painting just has to be her "Masterpiece"! I just love it! There are people, cars, a phone booth, a tent, & the Beale St. sign. The common yet extraordinary subject is just fabulous. There is a lady walking by under a blue umbrella to shield her from the hot sun. There is a boy getting a 25 cent shoeshine by another boy in a red shirt. Did I mention this oil is VERY colorful. There is a phone booth (occupied), & a lady, with her hand on her hip, waiting impatiently to use the phone. In background is a striped tent under which are parked cars. The cars are parked under a sign that says 50 cents all day (parking). The most talented artist was Dixie Hampson Durham, (b.1915-d. 2010). Dixie Durham was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, while her father Dr. James Kelly Hampson was practicing medicine
there. In 1924, when Dixie was 9 years old, Dr. Hampson brought his family back to his old family plantation home The Nodena Plantation. Her doctor father was, also, a self taught archaeologist. On the 3,000 acre plantation were thousands of aboriginal artifacts from 1400-1650 CE (Common Era).. Dr. Hampson dug them himself & carefully preserved them. He collected about 40,000 artifacts including a an entire Prehistoric Mastodon skeleton. Experts from everywhere came to see the artifacts. Two Museums were built to display this important & amazing collection. One collection is on display at Hampson Museum State Park in Wilson, Arkansas. This fascinating Nodena Plantation was the home & studio of Dixie Durham off & on throughout her life. She traveled to many places in her life but she always came home to her childhood home on the Mississippi River. She began painting here. She died here at age 94. Dixie Durham's formal education includes Mississippi State Teachers College in Cape Girardeau, Mo., James Lee Art Academy in Memphis, Tn., Little Rock Art Academy in Little Rock Ar., & Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. Most of above was from her obituary. Dixie Durham was a professional, renowned artist who won many awards. This painting just has to be the greatest oil she ever painted! This oil is very thick in places (impasto) & there are a few "crackalure" beginning. There is a tiny pin-point of paint loss on area of lady with umbrella (see photo). Otherwise this oil is in original & good condition. This beautiful regional genre is a most wonderful example of Black Americana. It is too wonderful for words! We are putting this fabulous oil on pre-holiday sale: $875.
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