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Vivacious Woman on Couch, 1965. Graphite drawing. 7.5H x 10.5"W. Value $1,200. Gift of the artist.
Beatrice Wood, b.1893, San Francisco, California, was born to wealthy, socially conscious parents. Five years later, the family moved to New York City, where her mother concerned herself with preparing her daughter for her eventual "coming out" into New York society. This included a year in a convent in Paris, enrollment in a fashionable finishing school and summer trips to Europe, where she was exposed to art galleries, museums and the theatre. Beatrice Wood was an important contemporary artist, craftsperson and writer. Her life ran the course of the 20th century and included many of the figures that shaped it. Ultimately, her genius was in the marriage of wide-ranging influences in her work. The spirit of Dadaism, impact of Modernism, embrace of Eastern philosophy, influence of folk art and even the ornament of ethnic jewelry were all combined in her ceramics. Her work reveals a mastery of form, combined with a preference for the naivete of folk art. Ultimately, it is impossible to separate her life experiences from the work she created, as she truly mastered the art of a life. To learn more about this artist please visit cfileonline.org.