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Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva

"The unbelieveable is believeable, just take a good look."


Notes of biography

Maria Elena Vieira da Silva was born in Lisbon (Portugal) in 1908 in a wealthy family. Her father disappeared when she was only 2 years old. Her mother supported her early artistic-interest. She drew from the age of eleven, and sculpted at 16 years old. She made numerous journeys with her family, these journeys awoke her to the art.
The girl joined, naturally, Paris when she was twenty years old. At first she was Bourdelle and Despiau’s student in the Academy La Grande Chaumière.. She became Dufresne, Waroquier and Friesz’s student, frequented the Academy of Léger and the Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17. She got married to the Hungarian painter Arpad Szenes.
In 1932, perfectionist, she frequented the Roger Bissière Atelier in the Academy Ranson. This last one introduced her to Jeanne Bucher, the famous trader of this time.
With the second world war, the couple settled down in Portugal, then in Brazil. Post-war-years, Vieira da Silva participated in huge collective exhibitions in Paris. The Gallery Jeanne Bucher organized her first personal exhibition in 1933 and supported her during all her artistic life, presenting regularly her work.
Vieira da Silva was exposed in the biggest museums of the world, she painted, she engraved, she created canvases for the tapestry, she illustrated poets. In 1931, she lived in Marseille, a seemingly insignificant experience but which represented, doubtless, the genesis of her work: drawing, then painting a transfer bridge (today disappeared), the metal structures of this one, cutting sky and sea fragments revealed her a whole architecture of the space, fantastic architecture, labyrinth architecture, poetic architecture which became her work-foundation. The Brazilian period (1940-1947) was the blooming of her art.
Naturalized French in 1956, she died in Paris in 1992.

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To read about the artist :
  • « Vieira da Silva », Pierre Descargues, Ed. P.L.F, Paris, 1949
  • « Vieira da Silva », R. de Solier, Musée de Poche, G. Fall Ed., Paris, 1956
  • « Vieira da Silva », Dora Vallier, Weber Ed., Paris, 1971
  • « Vieira da Silva », Guy Weelen, Ed. Hazan, Paris, 1973
  • « L'Univers de Vieira da Silva », Antoine Terrasse, Ed. Henri Scrépel, 1977
  • « Vieira da Silva », Jacques Lassaigne, Ed. Cercle d'Art, 1978
  • « Chemins d'approche », Dora Vallier, Ed. Galilée, 1982
  • « Vieira da Silva », Henri Scrépel, Guy Weelen et J. Lassaigne, Ed. Cercle d'Art, 1992
  • « Maria Elena Vieira da Silva », Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris, 1999
  • « M. E. Vieira da Silva : l'Espace en jeu », N. Gallissot et autres, Ed. Somogy, 2016
To read from the artist :
  • « L'Atelier de Vieira da Silva », Michel Mitrani (court métrage), 1968
  •  « Entretiens avec M. E. Vieira da Silva et A. Szenes », A. Philipe, Ed. Gallimard, 1978
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Art movements

+ ATELIER 17 / 1927-1965 / Anton Prinner, Mauricio Lasansky, Jacques Lipchitz, Mark Rothko, etc.
+ SCHOOL OF PARIS / 1945-1960 / Jean Degottex, Georges Mathieu, Nicolas de Staël, etc.
+ NEW REALITIES / 1946-1956 / Etienne Béothy, Marcelle Cahn, etc.
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