Theme/Style Post-Impressionism, Realism, Modernism, Surrealism, figurative art, still lifes
Media Oils, murals, watercolors, lithographs
Artistic Focus From her early focus on metaphysical imagery, to her later works – which have been termed a visual dissection of nature that gave their subject matter a visceral, anthropomorphic guise – Henrietta Shore’s paintings contain an intriguing mix of bright luminosity and coldness, realism and mystery. While offering a highly original palette, her work reflects her friendships with such luminaries as Edward Weston and Robert Henri without ever being derivative. Shore stopped dating her work after 1913, hoping to prevent the public from categorizing her canvases into artistic periods – a reflection of her belief that life and art are a continuum.
• Trained in her native Toronto, Canada, as well
as New York City and London – where she became the only private
pupil of John Singer Sargent – Shore moved to Los Angeles in 1913,
remaining there until 1920, when she began traveling through North America.
Bibliographic references are available upon request.
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