The Tiled Room was a breakthrough work for Vieira da Silva. It shows what the critic Michel Seuphor described as the ‘absorption in space itself’ that was characteristic of her structured paintings in the 1940s and later. The compelling web of lines has been associated with the artist’s feverish imaginings when suffering from jaundice. Vieira da Silva was haunted by memories of her lonely childhood following the death of her father and her mother’s withdrawal into mourning. The deeper psychological charge in these spatial illusions seems to have derived from those personal experiences.
Gallery label, July 2015
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