Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

Yes, my paintings can look like an architecture. I always felt myself a little bit weak and painting is a way to build myself, producing my picture.” Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

French-Portuguese painter, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva (1908-1992), is one of the rare women painters of the Post-war Art, and one of the major figures of the ” Abstract landscape painting ” movement. In her paintings, like labyrinths, the space is fragmented, as a stained-glass window. An architectural landscape. The palette is reduced, often in cold or muted tones… in the continuity of the analytical cubism. Arrived in France in 1928, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva attends the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris where she meets Arpad Szenes, other Hungarian painter who she marries in 1930. In 1963, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva is the first woman painter to receive the National Grand Prix of Arts. Two years after her death, the Arpad-Szenes-Vieira da Silva foundation is inaugurated in Lisbon.

Main exhibitions
Sao Paulo Biennale, 1961
Retrospective, Grand Palais, Paris, 1988
L’Envolée lyrique, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 2006

Maria Helena VIEIRA DA SILVA