Maria Helena Vieira da Silva  (French, 1908-1992) 

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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva (French/Portuguese, 1908–1992) was an Abstract painter who established her career in France. Born in Lisbon, she attended Lisbon’s Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied with painter Fernand Leger and produced textiles, sculpture, ceramics, and paintings. In 1928, she moved to Paris, where she was inspired by the works of Impressionist Pierre Bonnard, and began to exhibit her own abstract paintings, notable for their treatment of perspective and space. To escape World War II, Vieira da Silva and her husband, Hungarian painter Arpad Szenes, fled Paris for Rio de Janeiro, where she lived for seven years. After the war, she returned to Paris, where she remained for the rest of her life, achieving citizenship in 1956. Her style matured during this period, as she painted dense compositions with fragmented images reminiscent of cityscapes, gaining critical attention and fame for these works. In 1969, the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris held a solo retrospective of her works, which subsequently toured Europe. From 1970 until her death in 1992, Vieira da Silva shifted her focus to work primarily in tapestry.

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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Éclaircie

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Éclaircie
1961

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, La jetée

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
La jetée
1990

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Composition

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Composition
1968

Auction: Apr 23, 2014
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, The entrance

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
The entrance
1961

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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Le Temps

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Le Temps
1969

Edelman Arts
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Perspectives

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Perspectives
1981

Galerie Jeanne-Bucher / Jaeger Bucher
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, La fête bretonne

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
La fête bretonne
1952

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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Morges bleu

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Morges bleu
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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, La ville

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
La ville, 1966
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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Sans titre (set of 2)

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Sans titre (set of 2), 1980
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1928   Moves to Paris, acquires French Citizenship
1933   First one-woman exhibition in Paris
1940   Moves to Rio de Janeiro
1956   Wins the Gran Prix des Beaux Arts at the Biennale in Sao Paulo