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 Simone de Virgile  (1917 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California / France      Known for: abstract painting and sculpture

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Abstract Musical Composition, oil on canvas, 24" x 30", c. 1970
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Simone de Virgile was born Simone Binon in Milon La Chepelle, France in 1917, to an artistic family.  Her father, Georges Binon, was a concert violinist and her mother, Suzanne Binon (nee Raingo), was a classical pianist, and a niece by marriage to the French painter Claude Monet.

Simone chose to paint and sculpt during her career under the name of “de Virgile,” which was her grandmother’s maiden name.

In 1935, she began to study painting at the Atelier of Morgan Russell who was the co-founder of Syncromism in Paris with Stanton Macdonald-Wright in 1913.  His influence on her work can be clearly seen in both her brightly colored abstract paintings and three-dimensional abstract sculptures, which she called Glyptochromes.

In 1946, Morgan Russell became her stepfather when he married her mother, Suzanne, in Paris.

In her formative years, she also studied interpretive dance under Isadora Duncan’s sister Elizabeth, at her Dance Academies in Austria, Czechoslovakia and France, which then led to her performing dances at concerts throughout Europe and North Africa.  Her love of dance is reflected in many of her abstract paintings.

Simone de Virgile came to the United States in 1946, and shortly thereafter had several one person shows in Philadelphia and New York.

Feurstein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Windsor Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
Jacques Seligman Gallery, New York, NY. 1946
Roerich Academy, New York, NY. 1946
Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, WI. 1963
Red Gallery, Dallas, TX. 1986

Submitted by Charles Gray, California Art Dealer

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