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Cutting Squash (Leah Chase)

Title
Leah Chase
Artist
Gustave Blache III, born 1977
Sitter
Leah Chase, born 1923
Date
2010
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on panel
Dimensions
Stretcher: 21.6 x 25.4cm (8 1/2 x 10")
Frame: 37.1 x 43.8 x 3.8cm (14 5/8 x 17 1/4 x 1 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist in honor of Mr. Richard C. Colton, Jr.
Restrictions & Rights
© Gustave Blache III
Object number
C/NPG.2011.144
Culture
Leah Chase: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Leah Chase (born 1923) is reverentially referred to as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine.” In 1945, she married jazz musician Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. and joined the family restaurant business in New Orleans. By the 1960s, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant was famous for Leah’s recipes and also as a gathering spot for prominent civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King Jr., who would join local leaders for strategy sessions over meals upstairs. Native New Orleans artist Gustave Blache III made a series of small portraits documenting Chase in the kitchen.
Gustave Blache III (born 1977)
Oil on panel, 2010
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist in honor of Mr. Richard C. Colton Jr.
Leah Chase (nacida en 1923) es venerada como la “reina de la cocina criolla”. En 1945 se casó con el músico de jazz Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. y se integró al negocio del restaurante familiar en Nueva Orleans. Para la década de 1960, el restaurante de Dooky Chase era famoso por las recetas de Leah y también como punto de reunión de prominentes activistas de los derechos civiles, entre ellos Martin Luther King Jr., quien se encontraba con los líderes locales en
la planta superior para discutir estrategias mientras comían. Gustave Blache III, artista natural de Nueva Orleans, hizo una serie pequeños retratos que documentan la cocina de Chase.
Gustave Blache III (nacido en 1977)
Óleo sobre panel, 2010
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; donación del artista en honor del Sr. Richard C. Colton Jr.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers
On View
NPG, West Gallery 250
Place
United States\Louisiana\Orleans\New Orleans