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Lee Godie (American, 1908–1994)
LOT ID: 88608
Tidle - Girl, ie. circa 1975

Oil, ball point pen on canvas
20 х 17.5 in. (50.8 x 44.45 cm.)
Signed, on bottom left front and verso "Tidle - Girl by Lee Godie a french impressionist"
Lot description
"Tidle - Girl," an oil and ballpoint pen on canvas by Outsider artist Lee Godie, reflects the classic portraiture and careful attention to detail which characterizes the artist's work.

Lee Godie (American, 1908-1994) was an Outsider artist based in Chicago. Born Jamot Emily Godie, the artist lived on the streets following the death of two of her three children and the dissolution of her marriage. In 1968, Godie began selling her work on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago. Calling herself a French Impressionist, Godie worked in a variety of media, including acrylic, watercolor, pencil, crayon, and pen and on a multitude of surfaces. Eccentric in both dress and personality, Godie became a fixture in downtown Chicago for nearly 30 years before moving to the suburbs with her daughter. In 1991, Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley declared September “Lee Godie Exhibition Month.” Between 1993 and 2004, the exhibition “Artist Lee Godie: A Twenty-Year Retrospective” was on view at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Museum of American Folk Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
Tidle - Girl by Lee Godie
  • Tidle - Girl by Lee Godie
  • Tidle - Girl by Lee Godie
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