Excerpted from Reminiscences, by Frances Stillman,
"...Ary's first exhibition after our marriage
was in December 1942, at the Andre Seligmann Gallery, on 57th
Street just off Fifth Avenue. Seligmann had seen one of Ary's
paintings in a group show, and had asked Ary to join the group
he was getting together. Others in the group were Jon Corbino,
then at the height of his success, Frederick Taubes, Henry Botkin,
Isabel Bishop, and others. It was a handsome gallery, and one
of the nicest features about it was Seligmann's assistant, Faith
Waterman, a beautiful, highly intelligent and overall lovely person,
who has remained our close friend through all the years. Seligmann
himself was suffering from a heart ailment and was a highly emotional
individual, crushed by the German occupation of Paris, which had
forced the to give up the wellknown Paris gallery father had founded.
Ary was able to up and to lift him out of his despondency many
times, but when the war ended Andre went back to Paris, and finding
everything so changed, was more than ever despondent, and finally
a heart attack caused his death. While it lasted a few short years,
the Andre Seligmann Gallery had some outstanding group and one-man
shows. Ary had a very good press from both his one-man show and
various group shows...."
December 1 - 31, 1942
Twenty-five compositions are on view,
all of them reaching heights of technique he never touched before.
For one thing, theyre infinitely more vigorous. The pigment
is heavy, yet laid on with verve. Colors are clear and vibrant.
Form emerges more solidly too. The fabric of Stillmans pictures
has become sensuously appealing. In the picture called "Thieves'
Market" for instance, you get this richness of surface. In
"Fruit Market" there is beautiful relationship between
figures, architecture and atmosphere. "Out of Doors"
is full of a luminous glow with bright flower foreground and deep
perspective developed in perfect relation to each other."
The New York World Telegram
December 5, 1942
oil on canvas
21 x 25 1/2
Private Collection, CA
oil on canvas
20 x 16
Foundation Collection, TX
Read what you can from Ary Stillmans
treatment of crowds as harmonious with their surroundings
as the formless greeneries of his landscapes are integral parts
of the woods they form. Be entranced by his presentation of Massan
Street, financial district, which is not a J.P. Morgan view of
stone vaults, but a romantic, mysterious bit of man-made elegance.
Likewise his city squares, of which there are two, have all the
élan of painting another generation ever had, plus the
dignity of detachment from too immediate consideration of the
December 12, 1942
|Cottage in the Woods
|World's Fair, NY'40
||Fruit Market, Mexico
|Highway to Croton
||Out of Doors
||Cottage in Croton
|Countryside after Rain
||Cathedral Square, Mexico City
|Shrine at Guadeloupe
|Flower and Fish Market, Mexico