Sylvia Spicuzza

Two Women Bathers at the Beach #403, c. 1940's - 1950's
Drawing, Color crayon
6 x 3.50 in
SKU: 10886g
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In this drawing, Sylvia Spicuzza is clearly taking influence from the Fauvist works of Henri Matisse, especially his famous 1904 composition "Luxe, calme et volupté." Like in that painting, Spicuzza presents us with a view of bathers in a landscape, one clothed and one nude. The clothed woman wears a yellow headdress and sits in the corner, analogous to the clothed woman in Matisse's painting. The vibrant use of color and playful line is also derived from the coloration of the Fauve painters, using these for expressive purposes rather than to create a naturalistic image. By borrowing this composition and style, we can see the sophistication and education of Spicuzza and how effective she must have been as an art educator.

6 x 3.5 inches, artwork
13.63 x 11.13 inches, frame
Stamped with artist's signature, lower right