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Womanshow 2007: Through a Woman's Eyes: Impressionism to Surrealism

Featuring original prints and drawings by
Eva Gonzales, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Suzanne Valadon, Nataliya Goncharova, Marie Laurencin, Kathe Kollwitz,
Gabriele Munter, Hannah Hoch, Sonia Delaunay, Hilla von Rebay, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva,
Leonor Fini, Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning, Toyen, and Louise Bourgeois

A Virtual Tour of "Womanshow 2007," Part I / A Virtual Tour of Womanshow 2007 Part 2

The new home of Spaightwood Galleries—the former Unitarian Church (built 1874) at 120 Main Street in Upton MA

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View from the corner of Maple and Main St (also known as Highway 140).
Entrance, featuring our new front door.
Beginning at the front door guarded by Mike Weber's ceramic sculpture Watchbeast, we present works by Sonia Delaunay, Gabrielle Munter, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hannah Höch, Louise Bourgeois, Suzanne Valadon, and Marie Laurencin.
Turning to the left, we offer six unique works: a gouache by Eva Gonzales, Manet's only pupil; a water color by Nataliya Goncharova, one of the Russian avant garde who seetled in Paris in the teens and remained their for the rest of her long life; two pastels by Marie Laurencin; a drawing (not for sale) by Frida Kahlo of her sister Christina done shorty after Frida discovered that Christina was having an affair with Frida's husband, Diego Rivera; and a watercolor by Leonor Fini. Late in the show, we added a very beautiful 19th-century Italian miniature of a Venetian noblewoman by Luisa Corsi.
Luisa Corsi (Italian, active later 19th century), Portrait of a Venetian Noblewoman. Original gouache on ivory, 1872. A beautiful miniature on very thin ivory in the original frame. This lovely work by an unknown artist suggests a milieu of "accomplished" upperclass women learning to draw and paint under the tutelage of a professional artist. Signed and dated in goache along the lower left edge. Image size: 110x88mm (approximately 4-3/8x3.5 inches). Price: $6500.
The view from the loft showing the left side of the exhibit (details below)
Leonor Fini (Argentina, 1908-1996, France), La Leçon de Rhetorique. Original color serigraph, c. 1976. Edition unknown (c. 250 impressions). Ours is one of a deluxe suite of 100, signed and numbered in Roman numerals (LXVII/C). There was also an unsigned edition published in the livre d'artiste Leçons. Venus, the goddess of beauty, who is rather gaudily dressed, is depicted teaching Cupid, the god of Love, how to deal with mortals. Image size: 407x406mm. Price: $2550.
These four works (plus one in the next bay) all come from a deluxe portfolio devoted to the female rulers and magicians of the Arabian Nights, Sultanes et Magiciennes des Milles et Une Nuits / Sultans and magicians from the 1001 Nights. 275 signed and numbered impressions of Rives with the embossed cat published by Editions Galerie Carpentier, Paris. Fini was an insistent alternative to the male artists involved in surrealism, most of whom tended to subject women in their art to the gaze of the males, including the artist and the viewers of the art. For full details on this series, please click here.
These work on the left comes from Sultanes et Magiciennes des Milles et Une Nuits / Sultans and magicians from the 1001 Nights. 275 signed and numbered impressions of Rives with the embossed cat published by Editions Galerie Carpentier, Paris. The other two works are a pair of portraits done almost a year apart in which the same woman is posed in from the the same screen and the variant colors of the fabrics of the screen and the clothes plus a varying of the scale of the works diminish or augment the power of the subject.
Leonor Fini (Argentina, 1908-1996, France), Retour de voyage I. Original color lithograph, 1985. 275 signed and numbered impressions. A woman sits on an invisible cushion in an elaborate gown before a fabric screen wearing an elaborate turban. Fini here invites us to consider Woman in several roles: goddess, ruler, priest, mage. This is one of two prints on this theme that Fini made in 1985. Image size: 758x560mm. Price: $2850.
Leonor Fini (Argentina, 1908-1996, France), Retour de voyage II. Original color lithograph, 1985. 275 signed and numbered impressions. A woman sits on an invisible cushion in an elaborate gown before a fabric screen wearing an elaborate turban. Fini here invites us to consider Woman in several roles: goddess, ruler, priest, mage. This is one of two prints on this theme that Fini made in 1985. Image size: 758x560mm. Price: $2850.
For full information about the three sphinxes, click here. For Vespertilla, the harpy (top left), see below. For L'etincelle / The shooting star, a portrait of Arianne Lancell, Fini's friend and publisher, see here.
Leonor Fini (Argentina, 1908-1996, France), Vespertilla. Original color lithograph, 1970. 195 signed and numbered impressions. In classical mythology and epic poetry, the harpies were underwold goddesses, avengers of faults against women in particular. Inevitably they were described as disgusting creatures who befouled the food of their victims. Fini's harpy combines the upper body of a beautiful woman with stubby wings instead of arms, with the bottom of a raptor whose large savage claws suggest more direct pssibilities of punishment. Image size: 695x518mm. Price: $2750.
Dimanche après-midi / Sunday afternoon. Original color serigraph, c. 1980. 100 signed & numbered impressions. Fini adored cats and lived surrounded by large numbers of them. This is a version of Fini's favorite painting which travelled with her from Paris to St. Dye every year. Right corner slightly chipped. Image size: 733x542mm. Price: $4800.
Top row: Fini, Passion; Fini, Preparing the body for burial; Tanning, Composition for XXe Siecle; Toyen; Vieira da Silva; Bottom row: Fini: Cats (sold); Fini, Salome and the head of John the Baptist; Richier, Owl; Rebay, Drawing; Vieira da Silva. The large 1953 original Miro lithograph Nocturne above has no place in this show, yet there it is.
On the left wall of the former sanctuary, we have five more works by Leonor Fini. For the two on the left and the one on the bottom right, click here. For Les trois amis on the top right and the woman with fiery hair beneath her on the right, click here. The final Fini, Le train blanc / The White Train, considered one of her most surreal compositions, is barely visible over the door at extreme right, may be found here. It is an original color lithograph, 1966. 250 signed and numbered impressions. Image size: 387x577mm. Price: $2750.
Next to the door, we find a hand colored etching by Baroness Hilla von Rebay (Germany, 1889-1978 USA), an importnat non-objective artist (she didn't like the term "Abstract Art"), adviser to Solomon Guggenheim, and first director of the Guggenheim Museum. She was in the habit of printing up hand-colored etchings as gifts for friends during the holiday season, of which this is one. She was recently the subject of an important show at the Guggenheim which generated The Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenehim (NY: Guggenheim Museum, 2005). After its New York opening, the show moved on to the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich and the Schlossmuseum Murnau, and concluded at the Guggenheim, Berlin. Image size: 125x173mm. Price: $1500.
Paired with this piece is a drypoint by Berthe Morisot, one of the French Impressionists and the primary organizer of their collective shows: Jeune fille au repose (Johnson 83: 12). Original drypoint, c. 1887. As published in Duret, Manet and the French Impressionists (London, 1910). A very good impression with the cancellation punches. Image size: 73x120mm. Price: $1750.
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