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Mary Swanzy

(1882 -  1978 )
SWANZY Mary  Two Figures

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May 28, 2018
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Mary Swanzy - Fishermen And Workers, South Seas Island House And Village By The Sea

Mary Swanzy - Fishermen And Workers, South Seas Island House And Village By The Sea

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FISHERMEN AND WORKERS, SOUTH SEAS ISLAND HOUSE and VILLAGE BY THE SEA (SET OF THREE) Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) Signature: with Pyms Gallery labels on reverse coloured pencils; (3) 8¼ x 4¾in. (20.96 x 12.07cm) Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London; Private collection Exhibited: 'Mary Swanzy: Travel Drawings', Pyms Gallery, London, 25 November to 20 December 2010, catalogue nos. 81, 25 and 87 respectively
Mary Swanzy - The White House

Mary Swanzy - The White House

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Lot number: 58
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Mary Swanzy, H.R.H.A. THE WHITE HOUSE 1882-1978 signed l.r.: SWANZY; titled and inscribedno.8 on a label attached to the reverse oil on canvas 53.5 by 46cm., 21 by 18in. Pyms Gallery, London, 1986; Sotheby's, London, 21 May 1998, lot 332 Exhibited Paris,Galerie Bernheim-Jeune,Exposition Mme Mary Swanzy, 1925, no.3; Dublin, Dawson Gallery,Mary Swanzy, 1976; London, Pyms Gallery,Mary Swanzy H.R.H.A., 1986; Washington, John F. Kennedy Center, Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 13 - 28 May 2000, illustrated p.91 Catalogue Note One of the pioneering artist's of her generation, Mary Swanzy's career embraced various styles, most radically in the cubist-inspired paintings influenced byher time studying in Paris and her visits to Gertrude Stein's house in 1905-6. The present work is located in Samoa, where the artist visited in 1923 after travelling to Honolulu tostay with her aunt. It is painted with a freshness of colour and confident, impressionist brushwork typical of the artist's modern approach which, as friend and artist Sarah Purser described, is 'invigorating and optimistic.' Several of these works from her travels were exhibited at the Cross Roads Studios, Honolulu in 1924 and later in Paris at a solo exhibition at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune in 1925. There Gertrude Stein congratulated her and the New York Herald commented: 'Few painters have ventured thus far, and Mme Swanzy has shown what excellent material for the artist's brush is to be found in the tropical vegetation of the distant archipelago.'(quoted in T. Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists, 20th Century (1996), p.485)
Mary Swanzy -  Two Figures

Mary Swanzy - Two Figures

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Lot number: 55
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Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) TWO FIGURES Description: with 'Swanzy Studio Sale' stamp on reverse; with a further artwork on reverse Dimensions: h:9 w:13in. Artist or Maker: Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) Medium: oil over gouache on paper Provenance: 'The Mary Swanzy Studio Sale', Christie's, 10 May 2007 Notes: A major retrospective on Mary Swanzy will be held from October 2018 to February 2019 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. The exhibition will explore her early mastery of Modernist forms such as Cubism, Futurism and Orphism as well as her extensive travels around the world; her idiosyncratic feminism; and later surreal and symbolist works.
Mary Swanzy -  The Storm

Mary Swanzy - The Storm

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Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) , The Storm , Oil on canvas, 63 x 76cm (24¾ x 30'') Signed Provenance: From the estate of P.J. Mara; originally in the collection of Pat and Antoinette Murphy and sold by them at their inaugural exhibition at the Peppercanister Gallery in October 1999. The artist told Pat Murphy that the two figures in the maze represented the artist and her sister. Exhibited: 'Analysing Cubism Exhibition', IMMA Feb/May 2013, The Crawford Gallery,Cork June/Sept 2013, The FE Mc William Gallery, Banbridge, Sept/Nov 2013; , Opening Exhibition of Irish Art , The Peppercnnister Gallery October/November 1999 Cat. No. 1 where purchased. (Illustrated front cover of the catalogue). Literature: 'Analysing Cubism', The Crawford Gallery, Full page illustration p.96. Julian Campbell has linked the large constructions in The Storm including to that of Semur-en-Auxois, a town in Burgundy. This is, according to Campbell, the equivalent to Pablo Picasso , s Horta de Ebro, the Spanish mountain top town that inspired several of his key cubist landscape paintings. Semur is a medieval city built on an outcrop of pink granite and famous for its ramparts and towers. It is dominated by an imposing fortress, whose features can be detected in The Storm. The centre of the painting is made of a series of vortexes made of geometric configurations of light. These swirling forms swirl over the battlemented city flattening and fragmenting its solidity into facets of radiance and colour. These create a sense of speed and movement akin to the experimental style of the Italian Futurists, whose work Swanzy would have seen in Florence where she lived briefly before the World War One. The centre of the city struck by stylized rods of lightning which can be seen darting across the surrounding hills. This dramatic vision of a storm is presented as seen from above as though from an airplane or some celestial vantage point. Fascination with force and speed and the aeronautical perspective became fashionable amongst avant-garde artists in the 1910s and 1920s through the influence of futurism and Orphic Cubism, the colourful style associated with the work of Robert Delaunay and Sonya Terk. Their work was shown at the Salon des Independants in Paris before the war at a time when Swanzy also participated in the exhibitions. Many of Swanzy , s cubist inspired works of the late 1920s and 1930s reveal her keen understanding of this aesthetic which sought to transmit the energy and sensation of living and seeing in the modern age in images of flight and of the city. In this work Swanzy replaces the ubiquitous symbol of the Eiffel Tower, preferred by Delaunay, with the medieval town.
Mary Swanzy - Entering The Harbour

Mary Swanzy - Entering The Harbour

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Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)

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Entering the Harbour

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oil on panel

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11 x 17cm (4 x 7in)

Provenance:

Mary Swanzy Studio Sale, Christies London 10th May 2007 part of Lot 333 (studio stamp verso)
Private Collection
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