Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Monthly Challenge

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, 1951
Oil on canvas, 12 7/8 x 18 (33 x 45.5)
Inscribed on stretcher 'A Rex avec toute l'amitié de Vieira' and 'à Vieira'

About the Art
According to Guy Weelen, this picture 'does not represent any specific or special view. It is primarily a composition, evolved as the work progressed, but also dependent on the first marks inscribed on the canvas. It is true all the same that there is an influence of the "environment", and according to Vieira da Silva, it was painted while she was living in the rue de la Glacière. It is also marked by the Parisian light. Yet it could just as well have been called "Composition" as "Paris". Certain elements are reminiscent of Lisbon; it is in the form of a city (?); yet it also evokes the realm of memory. It reconstitutes the long passage of time past, when Lisbon seemed like nostalgia and Paris like an omen, but it is certainly not a copy of reality. It is perhaps a homage to the right angle, or the square, but the triangles on the left, unexpected in the composition, give it, it is true, a flavour of something seen. Very misleading!' (letter of 7 March 1970).
Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.747-8, reproduced p.747

About the Artist
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva born 1908 - 1992.
School of Paris painter in oils and gouache, lithographer, engraver and designer. Born in Lisbon, daughter of a diplomat. Began studying drawing, painting and sculpture in Lisbon. Moved to Paris in 1928 and attended a succession of art schools, including the Grande Chaumière and the Académie Scandinave; studied sculpture under Bourdelle and Despiau, painting under Dufresne, Friesz, Léger and Bissière, and engraving under Hayter. Married the Hungarian painter Arpad Szenes in 1930. Visited Hungary, Spain and Lisbon. First one-woman exhibition at the Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, 1933. The sight of the criss-cross of streets in Lisbon in 1935 contributed to her growing interest in perspective, the inversion of space, discontinuity, etc. Lived in Rio de Janeiro 1940-7, then returned to Paris. Took French nationality in 1956. Awarded the Grand Prix at the 1961 São Paulo Bienal and the Grand Prix National des Arts 1963. Has designed stained glass and tapestries, and illustrated with engravings René Char's L'Inclémence lointaine 1961. Lived in Paris and in a village in the Loiret.

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Our Sponsors this month are Creative Impressions In Clay and Glass Bead Art.
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Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.

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Deadline is December 31st. 
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Monthly Challenge Recap
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• The Monthly Challenge Recap with Blog Tour will be posted on December 31st.

Monthly Challenge Winners
• One prize winner will be selected at random from all pictures posted on the Pinterest board.

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• Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on January 1st.

Perfect Pairings :: Designer + Art Bead Artist
• Formerly the Featured Designer of the Week, our new Perfect Pairings will focus on both the jewelry designer and the art bead artist. 

• Be sure to point out all the art bead artists in your work in the description of the photo on the Pinterest Board. Links to their website or shop are appreciated. That way we can all find new art beads to love!

• From all the entries during the month, an editor will pick their favorite design to be featured every Wednesday here on ABS, so get those entries in soon.

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***A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.

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Linda - said...

I'd just like to say how much I am enjoying the monthly challenges. It has opened up my eyes to inspirational artists that I knew nothing about. Thankyou.

Saraccino said...

What a great selection this month! I was at first a little bit.... mh... and then I started really looking at it. The text is right "very misleading" but with what a beautiful sense and atmosphere! Also for me I can see a reflection of a city, Lisabon rather than Paris, the light, the summer, the colours, the squares of the houses... and actually the more I am drawn in, the less abstract it somehow becomes. I get the feeling of a city in summer light, reflected in the water before (even a boat to be seen).

This is what art is about for me: To evoke emotions. Even the pieces who are invoking highly negative emotions, also them, in the end it is not about pretty but the impact a piece has for me.

I really love this piece!

Elizabeth said...

This painting is fun and so evocative of a time and place. Very Mad Men...