Vieira da Silva titles this work after the Greek goddess of the moon, Artémis. She channels the colors of the moon and the sky, creating a serene patchwork of celestial hues. The variegated blue rectangles and squares of Artémis recall the Hispano-Arabic Azulejo tiles prevalent during the artist’s childhood in Portugal. With its delicately placed geometric strokes, Artémis represents the artist’s return to defining shapes in cubic matrices and recalling the visual atmosphere of her youth.
Knoedler Gallery, New York Private Collection, France Private Collection, Portugal
Lisbon, Galeria Bertrand, Vieira da Silva–Arpad Szenes, 1987, no. 21, illustrated p. 13 Porto, Casa de Serralves, Vieira da Silva–Arpad Szenes nas Colecções portuguesas, 1989, illustrated p. 365 (titled Untitled, dated 1958 and listed with incorrect dimensions) Paris, Jeanne Bucher Jaeger; London, Waddington Custot and New York, Di Donna Galleries, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, 2019-20, illustrated in color p. 79
G. Weelen and J.-F. Jaeger, Vieira da Silva: Catalogue Raisonné, Geneva, 1994, no. 2226, illustrated p. 453