February 20 1917 - February 26 2000
Place of Birth:
Born in Iceland in 1917, Matthíasdóttir studied in Copenhagen and in Paris with Marcel Gromaire. In 1942 she moved to New York and studied with Hans Hofmann. While in the United States she met and married fellow painter Leland Bell. Together they had one daughter, Temma Bell, also a painter. Matthíasdóttir's first solo exhibition at the Jane Street Gallery in 1948 established her as an artist in New York's art scene. Matthíasdóttir arrived at an aesthetic that consisted of vibrant colors, simplified geometric forms and broad brushstrokes. Her Icelandic landscapes, cityscapes, self-portraits and still lifes are deftly reduced yet also imbued with monumentality.
Place(s) of Residence:
School of Arts and Crafts, Copenhagen, Denmark (1934-1937)
Related Visual Artists:
wife of Leland Bell
mother of Temma Bell
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, USA (1998)
Cultural Award of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, New York, NY, USA (1996)
Knight's Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon, Iceland (1988)
Jane Street Gallery, New York, NY (1948)
Green Tales for Nordic Kids
Louisa Matthiasdottir: A Retrospective, Scandinavia House, New York, NY, USA (2004)
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