This wonderful abstract oil collage was painted by American artist Fannie Hillsmith (1911-2007). Hillsmith was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1911. Her grandfather was a painter, as well as one of the founders of the Boston Museum School. Hillsmith would attend in the Boston Museum School for four years. Hillsmith moved to New York City in 1934. There she took an interest in vanguard art through her studies and gradually developed an abstract style. She studied under such teachers as William Zorach and Yasuo Kuniyoshi for one year while at the Art Students League. Hillsmith held her first art show in New York at the Norlyst Gallery in 1943. She also displayed her work in three shows at the Art of This Century Gallery in Manhattan, which was owned by Peggy Guggenheim.Her style of Cubism combined traditional Cubist motifs with what she called “an early American feeling.” She was influenced by such painters as Picasso, Gris and Miró. Fannie Hillsmith actively painted Cubist art for nearly sixty years. She had been represented by an art gallery in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood since 1990.
Oil collage on canvas, signed and dated 67 lower right, titled on verso Weeden Gallery, Boston MA label, and encased in a thin wooden border frame. Dimensions: 10” h x 8” w, actual; 10 ¼” h x 8 ¼” w, framed.
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