Shirley Jaffe
New York, New Jersey / France, (1923-2016)
Untitled, 1985
oil on canvas
Provenance: From a private collector, Indianapolis.
Provenance: Purchased from Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, 1990.

From the archives of AskArt: An abstract painter and sculptor, she was born in New Jersey, in 1923 and educated at Cooper Union in New York City. In 1949, she moved to Paris, France, with her husband who wanted to study at the Sorbonne.

Starting out under the influence of Abstract Expressionism, she established herself among a circle of American artists living in Paris including Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, and Joan Mitchell.In the late 1960s, she went to Berlin, Germany and there she made a radical change toward geometry in her painting.In an interview she said: "I felt that my paintings were being read as landscapes.And that wasn't my intention. I don't think I was terribly clear about what my intention was, but I knew it wasn't landscape.At any rate, I was reworking gestural painting and it seemed wrong.I had to start thinking about what I was doing." (

In the summer of 1999, she completed a set of stained-glass windows of her design for the 14th-century chapel of the Perpignan Cathedral, which has been restored by that city.

Jaffe returns regularly to the United States where she has exhibited since the early '90s.Among others, Jaffe's work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, where one of her paintings was included in the exhibition "[email protected] - Women Artists in the Collections of the Centre Pompidou."

Sources include:
Tibor de Nagy Gallery

  • 10 1/2"H x 8 3/4"W (sight), 16"H x 13 3/4"W (frame)
  • Artist Name:
  • Shirley Jaffe
  • Medium:
  • oil on canvas

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