The 1960s were prolific years for Vieira da Silva, and saw recognition of her contribution to post-war art in Paris. She was awarded the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1962 and in 1966 she became the first woman to receive the Grand Prix Nationale des Arts in France. The bold color palette and layered surface of Red Houses typifies the confident style of her 1960s output. Her vision of a complex cityscape collapsed onto a single plane evokes the urban landscapes of Egon Schiele, whose work along with Gustav Klimt appear to influence the decorative cubic surfaces of Vieira da Silva’s post-war abstractions (see, for instance, Schiele’s Krumau – Crescent of Houses (The Small City V), 1915, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem).
Knoedler Gallery, New York Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris Private Collection, Milan Galerie Applicat-Prazan, Paris Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1999) Sale: Sotheby’s Paris, June 6, 2018, lot 14 Private Collection
Paris, Galerie Albert Loeb, Salon de Mars, 1991 Paris, Jeanne Bucher Jaeger; London, Waddington Custot and New York, Di Donna Galleries, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, 2019-20, illustrated in color p. 73
G. Weelen and J.-F. Jaeger, Vieira da Silva Catalogue Raisonné, Geneva, 1994, no. 1904, illustrated p. 383