Untitled, 1958 signed and dated 'Viera da Silva 1958' (lower right) oil on canvas (burlap) 14 x 19 1/2in (35.5 x 49.5cm)
Provenance: Galerie Pierre, Paris, France Estate of Ira Kaufman, Beverly Hills, California
Note: The authenticity of this painting was confirmed by Galerie Jeanne Bucher and is number 1559 in the catalogue raisonné.
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva is most often regarded as Portugals greatest contemporary artist. She began her formal studies in drawing and painting at the Academia de Belas-Artes in Lisbon, the city of her birth, and shortly thereafter moved to Paris. She would remain in France for nearly six decades and expand her artistic interests to include both sculpture and textile design.
Untitled 1958 is a reminder of the fragmented forms and spatial ambiguity of the Cubists that greatly influenced her aesthetic. Her compositions exude both depth and complexity, often inspired by the works of Paul Cezanne. By the 1950s she would become internationally renown, and was the first woman to win the French governments Grand Prix des Arts in 1966.