The Wit and Whimsy of Lucille Corcos

February 8 - May 9, 2021

A prolific illustrator, Lucille Corcos (1908–1973) depicted American life with an incomparable verve during the mid-twentieth century. Her work became highly sought-after by numerous magazines beginning in the 1930s, and she regularly exhibited at galleries and museums into the 1950s. This exhibition, organized by the Palmer Museum and curated by Adam Thomas, Curator of American Art, examined these pivotal decades of Corcos’s career through her small-scale, semi-naïve tempera and watercolor paintings.


Featuring recent acquisitions to the Palmer as well as loans from several museums and private collections, The Wit and Whimsy of Lucille Corcos was the first exhibition devoted to the artist in more than 22 years.