Doris Lee (1905-1983)
Thanksgiving, ca. 1935
oil on canvas
The Art Institute of Chicago

Rather than focus on the food on the table, Doris Lee takes us behind the scenes, showing us a busy, Depression-era kitchen. Women dressed in white aprons hustle to gather dishes, roll out dough, and prepare the bird. Meanwhile, a fur-clad woman in the background, perhaps not as affected by the current economic crisis, adjusts her flowered hat. Like that one weird uncle that we all have, this painting reminds us of how holidays unite family members from all walks of life.