"Lost Your Head Blues," Bessie Smith (1926)

Bessie Smith might be the most popular blues artist from the 1920s. Known as the “Empress of the Blues,” she is heard on “Lost Your Head Blues” with Fletcher Henderson on piano and Joseph...

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Bessie Smith might be the most popular blues artist from the 1920s. Known as the “Empress of the Blues,” she is heard on “Lost Your Head Blues” with Fletcher Henderson on piano and Joseph Smith on cornet. Motley’s painting captures the excitement of the time period, as well as the soulfulness of the music.

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  • Blues, 1929
  • oil on canvas.
  • Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne.
  • 57.2016.1