Biala

I belong where my easel is ...

November 15, 2007 – January 5, 2008

Invalides II
1967
oil on canvas
39 3/4 x 39 3/4 inches
private collection

Jardin au Palais Royal
1972
oil on canvas
13 x 16 inches
private collection

Les Invalides
1990
oil on canvas
44 3/4 x 63 1/2 inches

Open Window
1989
oil on canvas
66 x 40 inches
private collection

Passage Espagnol
1969
oil on canvas
24 x 19 1/2 inches

Les Invalides
1990
gouache on paper
9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Study for "Paysage Marocain Sable Orange"
1977
pastel and gouache on paper
7 3/4 x 10 3/8 inches

Blue Venice
1963
oil on canvas
51 x 38 inches
private collection

Untitled (Lagune et la Douane)
1981
oil on canvas
45 x 57 inches

Venise Rose
1989
oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches

Canal a Venise
1976
oil on canvas
13 x 16 inches
private collection

Bateau sur la Seine
1980
oil on canvas
35 x 45 1/2 inches
private collection

Portiers
1964
oil on canvas
23 1/4 x 28 1/2 inches

Vue depuis de la Giudecca
1985
oil on canvas
77 x 59 inches

Untitled (La Plage et le ciel)
1960
mixed media and collage on paper
11 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
private collection

Pathmos
1962
mied media and collage on handmade paper
17 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches

Lagune: Venise Blanc
1976
oil on canvas
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
private collection

Talcy
1962
oil on canvas
13 x 21 inches

Pont Rose
1988
oil on canvas
10 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
private collection

Untitled (Roma)
1962
mixed media and collage on handmade paper
15 1/4 x 27 3/4 inches
private collection

Untitled (Loger le Bateau sur la Seine)
1965
mied media and collage on paper
11 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
private collection

Open Window
1964
oil on canvas
45 1/2 x 34 3/4 inches

Arbre et la Mer
1983
oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
private collection

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by the noted American artist, who lived in Paris for over fifty years. This marks the second exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will focus on the various locales the artist painted over the years, including Provincetown, Seville, Venice, Paris, the French countryside, and Marrakesh.

Over the years the artist developed a style which was a synthesis of early 20th Century French Modernism and a painterly directness that brings to mind Abstract Expressionism. Included in the show is a group of Paris cityscapes, including views of Les Invalides, the Seine, Notre Dame, and the garden at the Palais Royal. There are several large-scale works of Venice, with its grand canals and dramatic façades, that were painted when the artist was well into her eighties. The artist employed bold, simplified shapes to capture the buildings and the specific light of each city. For the first time, the gallery will exhibit a series of the artist’s works on paper, many of them collages of Spanish cities, as well as others of Paris.

In her catalogue essay, author Mary Gordon writes:

“Whatever was going on around her, she painted what she wanted, what she needed to paint, on her own terms. In her nineties she said ‘I lived the life I wanted to live.’ A life indeed well lived, a life as rich and large as her canvases, a life of love and work and dedication.”

The artist was born Janice Tworkovska in 1903 in the town of Bialystok, Poland. In 1913 she immigrated to the United States with her mother and brother, Jack Tworkov, the noted Abstract Expressionist. She began studying art with Edwin Dickinson at the National Academy of Design, and later, at the Art Student’s League. She started to exhibit her work under the name Biala, after her birthplace. During the artist’s first visit to France in 1930 she met influential British novelist Ford Madox Ford. They would remain together until his death in 1939. She would return to live in Paris in 1947, with her husband Daniel ‘Alain’ Brustlein, an acclaimed cartoonist and accomplished painter.

Biala’s paintings have been the subject of numerous gallery exhibitions in New York and Paris, and were included in major museum exhibitions including five Whitney Annuals. She had seven solo shows with the legendary Stable Gallery, and during her time in New York was at the center of a group of Abstract Expressionists, including Willem de Kooning. Her work is in many museum collections in the United States and France, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Catalogue Available.