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Mary Swanzy, H.R.H.A.

Pair of Life-Drawing Class Studies | Paire d'études de classe en dessin de vie

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Mary Swanzy, H.R.H.A.

Mary Swanzy, H.R.H.A.

Pair of Life-Drawing Class Studies | Paire d'études de classe en dessin de vie

Pair of Life-Drawing Class Studies | Paire d'études de classe en dessin de vie

Estimate:

1,200 - 1,800 EUR

Lot sold:

1,260

EUR

Mary Swanzy, H.R.H.A.

1882 - 1978

Pair of Life-Drawing Class Studies


coloured crayons on paper

unframed, each: 16.5 by 9.5cm.; 6½ by 3¾in.

framed, each: 37.5 by 29cm.; 14¾ by 11½in.


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Mary Swanzy, H.R.H.A.

1882 - 1978

Paire d'études de classe en dessin de vie


crayons de couleur sur papier

san cadre, each: 16.5 by 9.5cm.; 6½ by 3¾in.

avec cadre, each: 37.5 by 29cm.; 14¾ by 11½in.


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Each work is attached to mount by two tabs along upper edge. Both have perforated left edges, one of which is detached. The sketch of the lady has a small fold mark along upper right corner and a faint crease lower right. Minor discoloration to extreme edges of each sheet. Both appear in very good overall condition. Held in matching gilt wood frames under glass with cream mounts.


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The Artist's descendants

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Les descendants de l'artiste

London, Pyms Gallery, Mary Swanzy, Travel Drawings, 25 November - 20 December 2010, nos. 45 and 50

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Londres, Pyms Gallery, Mary Swanzy, Dessins de voyage, 25 novembre - 20 décembre 2010, n° 45 et 50

Mary Swanzy was a trailblazing artist who alongside her contemporaries, Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone, played a significant role in bringing Modernism to Ireland. As a young student in 1905, she set off for Paris and enrolled at Académie Delécluse (which Grace Henry had also attended). In 1906 she also attend the Académie de la Grand Chaumiere and Académie Colarossi (where Eileen Gray had been a few years before), which unusually for the times, allowed women to draw the male nude. Several of her drawings from this period survive and show her technical proficiency. 


The present examples come from a sketchbook from a descendant of the artist, and most likely relate to one of her periods studying in Paris. While in the city, Swanzy encountered the radical new work of the Fauves and that of Picasso, Bracques and Gauguin when attending soirées at Gertrude Stein's house. The influence of these artists is seen in the stages of her career which embraced Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism. She exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris, becoming a committee member in 1920. She travelled broadly from the Balkans to Samoa and regularly returning to France. 


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Mary Swanzy était une artiste pionnière qui, avec ses contemporaines Mainie Jellett et Evie Hone, a joué un rôle important dans l'introduction du modernisme en Irlande. Jeune étudiante, en 1905, elle part pour Paris et s'inscrit à l'Académie Delécluse (que Grace Henry avait également fréquentée). En 1906, elle fréquente également l'Académie de la Grande Chaumière et l'Académie Colarossi (où Eileen Gray était allée quelques années auparavant), qui, fait inhabituel pour l'époque, autorisait les femmes à dessiner le nu masculin. Plusieurs de ses dessins de cette période ont survécu et témoignent de sa compétence technique.


Les exemples présents proviennent d'un carnet de croquis d'un descendant de l'artiste, et se rapportent très probablement à l'une de ses périodes d'études à Paris. Lors de son séjour à Paris, Swanzy a découvert les nouvelles œuvres radicales des Fauves et celles de Picasso, Bracques et Gauguin en assistant à des soirées chez Gertrude Stein. L'influence de ces artistes est visible dans les étapes de sa carrière qui englobe le fauvisme, le cubisme et le surréalisme. Elle expose au Salon des Indépendants à Paris et devient membre du comité en 1920. Elle a beaucoup voyagé, des Balkans à Samoa, et est revenue régulièrement en France.