Friday, June 24, 2022

02 works, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Suzanne Fabry's Autoportraits, with Footnotes. #193

Suzanne Fabry,1904 - 1985
Autoportrait, c. 1932
Oil on canvas
111 by 74cm., 43¾by 29 1/8in.
Private collection

This current work recalls classical depictions of female beauty, whilst also calling them in to question. The slight contortion of Fabry’s limbs suggests a certain artifice to the pose, whilst her direct gaze and the prominent positioning of her brush reinforce a sense of authority that pre-emptively rejects any attempt to perceive the sitter as a mere aesthetic object. More on this painting

Suzanne Fabry, 1904 - 1985, was a painter, draftsman, creator of costumes and sets for the theatre. Suzanne was the daughter and pupil of Émile Fabry and the wife of Edmond Delescluze.

Suzanne Fabry,1904 - 1985
Female Nudes by the Sea, c. 1943
Oil on canvas
61 3/4 x 67 7/8 inches (156.85 x 172.5 cm)
Private collection

A rare type composition within Suzanne Fabry’s oeuvre, which focuses predominantly on portraiture, the present canvas shows her exploring large-scale figurative compositions of the kind favoured by the symbolist painters of her father’s generation. Its format, with nude figures arranged across the picture plane, and palette, centred on ochre tones contrasting with pale blues, are reminiscent of Émile’s work, as is its painting technique, a form of pointillism made of broad, loosely layered brushstrokes for the background, and more defined, saturated colouring for the figures. More on this painting

Suzanne Fabry first trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels from 1923 to 1928 with Jean Delville and Constant Montald. In the 1930s, she shared the same symbolist and allegorical concerns as her father and was also influenced by Impressionism. She represents more portraits, with great mastery and finesse, and sometimes launches into compositions with figures. His works are imbued with dreams, poetry, serenity, emotion and bathed in an intimate, meditative and sometimes nostalgic atmosphere.

In 1948, Suzanne Fabry was appointed director of the costume department at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie. More on Suzanne Fabry

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