Painted in 1991. Vieira da Silva continued to paint into her final years, and her late works reveal new modes of expression. Vers la lumière portrays a vertical propulsion not found in her post-war paintings. The checkered spaces and interior architecture are abandoned here, as the artist creates a novel sense of space and movement. These late works reify light and reflection, no longer relying on the structures of perspective that characterized much of her post-war oeuvre. Vieira da Silva remained in Paris, working actively until her death in 1992, the year after she painted Vers la lumière.
Private Collection, Paris
Paris, Mairie du XIVe, 16e Salon de peintures, sculpture, arts graphiques du XIVe. Hommage à Vieira da Silva et en souvenir d'Arpad Szenes, 1993 Ginals, Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue, Hommage à Vieira da Silva et Arpad Szenes, 1995 Céret, Musée d’Art Moderne de Céret, Vieira da Silva, l’espace en jeu, 2016, illustrated in color p. 116 Paris, Jeanne Bucher Jaeger; London, Waddington Custot and New York, Di Donna Galleries, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, 2019-20, illustrated p. 95
G. Weelen and J.-F. Jaeger, Vieira da Silva Catalogue Raisonné, Geneva, 1994, no. 3479, illustrated p. 687 G. Weelen and J.-F. Jaeger, Vieira da Silva: Monographie, Geneva, 1993, illustrated in color p. 361