An unknown treasure at Fitzgerald High

A valuable painting was found in the high school that gets my property tax dollars.* The work is by Hughie Lee-Smith (1915–1999) and was acquired by the school district for $150 in 1954, the year after he won a prize for painting from the Detroit Institute of Arts. The painting, titled Two Figures and Landscape, is valued at $10,000 now, and has been loaned to the Detroit Institute of Arts, which has a small collection of his works. Over the years, it nearly was discarded as school staff didn’t really know what they had.

Edit 11:35 p.m. 3/14/12: I found a better news article; that’s now at the top of the post. It also has a nice image of the painting. Here’s the link I originally posted.

* As opposed to the high school I attended. I wouldn’t have put it the way I did except for wanting to make it obvious why it was interesting to me. 🙂


About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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