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GORDON, Hortense Mattice (1887-1961)
Recent auction results 29-03-12 Studio Impressions 30 x 22 $14,154 USD 20-11-07 Radar Abstraction 32 x 22 $9,096 USD 25-11-13 Panorama 9 x 30 $7,137 USD
For almost four decades, Hortense painted landscapes and still life almost exclusively. However, after the death of her husband in 1940, Hortense's style became much less inhibited.
She studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art between 1941 to 1945 with famed abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann. Hofmann's influence and friendship pushed her to abandon strict realism and explore non-objective painting. She began to paint cubist-inspired works with jutting angles, linear forms and energetic movement.
This style gained her recognition on a national scale. She was named honorary president of the Contemporary Artists of Hamilton in 1948 and soon after joined the Painters Eleven as their oldest member in 1952. Through this collective, she was inspired to create more non-objective art and she was given the opportunity to participate in high profile exhibitions in New York and Toronto. She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Hortense spent the last decade of her life painting countless works and showcasing her works in diverse galleries across Ontario. She was forced into the hospital with emphysema and a heart condition in 1961, and passed away on 6 November.