Joe Louis (1914-1981)
Brown and black crayon and graphite on paper
Overall: 19 3/4 x 21 3/4 in. ( 50.2 x 55.2 cm )
signature: lower right: "Enit Kaufman"
Signed at lower right in graphite: "Enit Kaufman"
Joseph Barrow Louis was the full legal name of this former world's heavyweight boxing champion. He was born near Lafayette, Alabama, and grew up in Detroit after the death of his father, a sharecropper. He defeated James J. Braddock in Chicago in 1937 to win the heavyweight crown, a title he held for twelve years.
Gift of Enit Kaufman
Enit Kaufman and Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946)
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