Vieira da Silva born 1908 [- 1992]
Inscribed on stretcher 'A Rex avec toute l'amitié de Vieira' and 'à Vieira'
Oil on canvas, 12 7/8 x 18 (33 x 45.5)
Bequeathed by E.C. Gregory 1959
Prov: With Redfern Gallery, London; E.C. Gregory, London
Exh:Vieira da Silva, Redfern Gallery, London, January-February 1952 (22); Gregory Memorial Exhibition, Leeds City Art Gallery, March-April 1960 (33, repr.)
Repr:Studio, CLXIII, 1962, p.9
According to Guy Weelen, this picture 'does not represent any specific or special view. It is primarily a composition, evolved as the work progressed, but also dependent on the first marks inscribed on the canvas. It is true all the same that there is an influence of the "environment", and according to Vieira da Silva, it was painted while she was living in the rue de la Glacière. It is also marked by the Parisian light. Yet it could just as well have been called "Composition" as "Paris". Certain elements are reminiscent of Lisbon; it is in the form of a city (?); yet it also evokes the realm of memory…