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 Louisa Matthiasdottir  (1917 - 2000)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: mod figure-genre, portrait, still life

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Louisa Matthiasdottir
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Icelandic landscape with sheep
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Louisa Matthiasdottir was known for her portraits, self portraits, still lifes, interiors, and Icelandic landscapes, all distinguished by their simple, geometric shapes and flat planes of crisp color, bold color.

She came to New York in 1942 and had her first solo show at the Jane Street Gallery in 1948. Shortly after her arrival in the United States, she met Leland Bell, whom she married in 1944. Sometimes they had double exhibitions together, and both showed at Robert Schoelkopf Gallery where she had seventeen solo shows between 1964 and 1991.

Her work was included in the 1973 Whitney Biennial.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An Icelandic-American, she is part of the post-modern artists who are returning to portraiture. She frequently leaves the face without detail, sometimes painting in just the suggestion of features.

Many of her portraits are images of her daughter Temma. The backgrounds of her paintings are blocks of color that clearly hearken to the New York School of Abstract Expressionism.

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