Vieira da Silva created an undulating fabric of checkered space in Composition aux damiers bleus, one of her most accomplished works in gouache. She first explored the concept of checkered spaces as early as the 1930s, inspired in part by the paintings of Pierre Bonnard. The Nabis artist would continue to inspire Vieira da Silva, though she would translate the quiet intimacy of his interiors (seen in a work such as La Toilette, 1932, The Museum of Modern Art, New York) into raucous abstraction. Composition aux damiers bleus evokes an interior room, with clear recession into a background, but the artist resists the urge to resolve the composition into a narrative space.
Collection Léon Louis Weill, Neuilly (acquired directly from the artist) Private Collection (sale: Sotheby's London, February 7, 2003, lot 229) Private Collection (sale: Christie's Paris, April 26, 2006, lot 254) Private Collection (sale: Sotheby's Paris, December 7, 2011, lot 11) Private Collection
Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Depuis Bonnard, 1957, no. 182 (dated 1941 and cataloged as oil on paper) Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Lisbon, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Vieira da Silva. Peintures à tempera. 1929-1977, 1977, no. 9 (dated 1941) Lisbon, Fundação Árpád Szenes – Vieira da Silva, A linha do espaço, 20th Anniversary of the Foundation, 2015, illustrated in color pp. 14 & 70 Paris, FIAC, Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, 2016 Céret, Musée d’Art moderne, Vieira da Silva, l’espace en jeu, 2016, illustrated in color p. 80 Paris, Jeanne Bucher Jaeger; London, Waddington Custot and New York, Di Donna Galleries, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, 2019-20, illustrated in color pp. 21 & 46-47
D. Vallier, La peinture de Vieira da Silva: chemins d’approche, Paris, 1971, illustrated p. 97 (listed with incorrect dimensions) A. Terrasse, L'Univers de Vieira da Silva, Paris, 1977, illustrated p. 9 (dated 1941) J.-J. Lévêque, ' Vieira da Silva, la peinture qui tangue ...' in Les Nouvelle Littéraires, Paris, February 10, 1977, illustrated (dated 1941) N.A. Aguilar, 'Vieira da Silva. Exposições na Fundação C. Gulbenkian' in Colóquio, no. 33, Lisbon, 1977, illustrated p. 69 (dated 1941)
N.A. Aguilar, 'Vieira da Silva. Exposições na Fundação C. Gulbenkian' in Colóquio, no. 33, Lisbon, 1977 (mentioned pp. 169-170)N.A. Aguilar, 'Figuration et spatialisation dans la peinture moderne brésilienne: le séjour de Vieira da Silva au Brésil (1940-1947)', Phd dissertation, Lyon, Université Jean Moulin, 1984, pl. LXIV, illustrated (mentioned pp. 121-123 and 141; dated 1941)
G. Weelen and J.-F. Jaeger, Vieira da Silva Catalogue Raisonné, Geneva, 1994, no. 610, illustrated p. 121