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 Esperanza Gabay  (1875 - 1963)

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: portrait, female figure, interior paintings

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The following is from Nancy Thurston of Williford, Arkansas, a senior citizen doing a research project in order to write a biography on American artist, Esperanza Gabay.

Gabay studied under Kenyon Cox and Walter Shirlaw, studied at the Art Students League of New York, worked at Cragsmoor Art Colony. She won several prizes from 1917 to 1926. She was born in NYC and died in Sheffield, MA January 7, 1963 at the age of 88.

I have two of her paintings, both signed. One is framed and dated either 1920 or 1926. The other is a portrait of a young girl, signed but no date. Both are oil on canvas.

She exhibited at the Corcoran in November, December of 1922, with a painting entitled "The Hammock". Unfortunately, the Corcoran does not keep records of artists showing in multiple exhibits.

She was a member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors from 1917 through at least 1932.

Gabay's The Night Before Christmas-A game for little people was reporduced in the December 15, 1910 issue of Ladies' Home Journal, Children's Christmas Annual. volume XXVII.  She won the Emerson-McMillan first prize in landscapes in 1917, The Ladies of Willowbrook Farm. In 1924 she won the Pettingill prize for "the best work of art".

She also exhibited with the NAD and the PAFA while living in New York. When she moved to Sheffield in the mid-1920s, she started exhibiting in Massachusetts at Stockbridge and in Lime Rock,Connecticut. 

She summered in Cragsmoor and Martha's Vineyard, painting while at both places.

She was also a teacher. In the 1910 NY US census her occupation is teacher at the New York College of Music.

When she moved to Sheffield, she talk art and Spanish at the Barrington School for Girls in Great Barrington, MA.

She is referenced in a number of New York Times art reviews, all in a favorable manner.

In addition to American art reference publications, her name also appears on page 181 of the Allgemeines Lexikon Der Bildenden Kuenstler Des XX Jahrhunderts by Hans Vollmer, 1955.

"Searching for Esperanza", Berkshire Living, Jan/Feb.2007

In 1910, the December 15 issue of Ladies Home Journal she is on page 27 with a board game for children.  The issue was called the "Children's Christmas Annual" and features work of 23 artists of the day. 
 
In 1936, Gordon and Putnam Brinkley wrote a book Away to Cape Breton.  On page 9 of Chapter 1 they stopped in Sheffield, Massachusetts to visit Esperanza Gabay at her studio.  Gabay and Brinley had been students at the ASL from 1900-1902, both studied under Kenyon Cox. 
 
In the April 1939 issue of Woman's Home Companion a prize winning photograph of Esperanza Gabay's garden appears on page 63.

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