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Edith Branson Pastels — Blue Heron Fine Art Blog

Edith Branson Pastels

by Jim Puzinas on April 2, 2011

Previously kept in family hands over the last 70 years, Edith Branson’s paintings are currently being
reintroduced  to American collectors by Blue Heron Fine Art.  It is hoped that the reputation she acquired while active will be recaptured and that her position among many other important women artists of that era can be reestablished.

"Seated Woman, Pastel #42"

"Seated Woman, Pastel #42"

In keeping with our committment,  Blue Heron Fine Art is pleased to also offer a selection of Pastels produced by Edith Branson in 1934.  These colorful and captivating pastels are reflective of her personal life as a young woman living in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  While several of these pastels could be self portraits, most are introspective creations that deal with the many social changes of her day. Color seems to be introduced on a separate plane, an overlay of emotion atop her well though out constructions.

"The Look", Pastel #60

"The Look", Pastel #60

Painting in both oil and pastels, Edith Branson was an American modernist painter who created her own interpretation of the multitude of avant-garde movements that blossomed in Europe and New York City in the early 20th century.  She was a significant contributor to the New York art scene both through her numerous exhibitions and in the roles she served as a director of the Society of Independent Artists (1934-1940).

Edith Branson was professionally recognized by many of the art critics of her day. She was one of the
few singled out from “the rank and file by virtue of definite merit” and in several other exhibitions
as noteworthy of mention. Fellow contemporary artists, Jonas Lie and Richard Miller, were part of the
panel that juried her work into the Corcoran Gallery 14th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art in 1935. In 1937 and 1938, Edith Branson was invited to exhibit with the New York Society of Women Artists, a group that included Theresa Bernstein, Blanche Lazzell and Agnes Weinrich.

"Figures in Motion", Pastel #116

"Figures in Motion", Pastel #116

"Seated Woman", Pastel #34

"Seated Woman", Pastel #34

Branson’s early paintings were influenced by Cubism and Synchromism but expanded to include Surrealism in the 1930’s. In the Foreword to Edith Branson’s solo show catalogue, it was noted that she worked   “in purely abstract forms in which she feels she can best convey her joy in color. She believes that all the depth of emotion that can be experienced through sound, can also be experienced through color.” 

If you have any questions, or are interested in the works by Edith Branson, please call the gallery direct at 781-383-3210, or contact us via email at info@blueheronfa.com.

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