[From the Community Collection, a public gallery of art in Agincourt, Iowa]
GARNAVAULT, Marie-Louise [1911-2012]
Portrait of a Woman
oil on canvas / 18 inches by 15 inches
Writer, poet, art teacher, and artist, Garnavault was a reclusive French artist who’s paintings only came to light recently after her death. It came as a great surprise to find a large inventory inside a Montmartre studio dedicated to her two favourite 20th Century artists Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).
The most recent addition to the Community Collection comes from an anonymous donor, in memory of Mary Grace Tabor [1920-2012] who died the same year as Garnavault — and who bore a striking resemblance to this portrait.