|| |Suzanne VAN DAMME - Présence singulière
Oil on canvas - 1960
130 x 200 cm. Price :
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Exhibited at Thibaut Gallery, New York, 1961 Disciple of James Ensor, Suzanne Van Damme painted his portrait in 1925. In 1938 Ensor painted an oil on canvas "Peintres aux prises", a portrait of Suzanne Van Damme and of himself seated and looking up at her. In the early 1930's, Van Damme moved to Paris where she met the italian painter and poet Bruno Capacci, who became her husband. During World War II, she works closely with the surrealist poets in Brussels. In 1947, she and her husband participate in the famous International Surrealist Exhibition at the Maeght Gallery in Paris, organized by Breton and Duchamp. She exhibits at the Venice Biennials in 1935, 1954 and 1962 and at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1953. Settled in Florence, Van Damme starts making abstract works before developing a highly personal language charged with signs and symbols. Her works become ideograms made of mini-paintings where abstract and figurative art meet in perfect harmony. Her works have been exhibited in Europe and in the United States. The very first exhibition of Group 2 Gallery in 1990 was a homage to Suzanne Van Damme. In 1992 the gallery organized a second solo show "Suzanne Van Damme - from Realism to Surealism", followed by a confrontation of her work with that of her husband Bruno Capacci in 1996. In 2010 Group 2 Gallery celebrated its 20th anniversary with another solo exhibition of Suzanne Van Damme.