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Dalla Husband, Three Horses in a Landscape

Dalla Husband, Three Horses in a Landscape (1939), engraving on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, May 28-Jun 21] Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Gravure Automatique: Dalla Husband at Atelier 17

Burnaby Art Gallery
Burnaby BC – May 28-Jun 21, 2015

Dalla Husband, Abstract

Dalla Husband, Abstract (2009), print on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, May 28-Jun 21] Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Dalla Husband, Rectangles with figures, from the series Solidarite
Dalla Husband, Rectangles with figures, from the series Solidarite (n.d.), engraving, aquatint, etching on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, May 28-Jun 21] Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

One of the more interesting occurrences in recent art is not the ongoing emergence of tomorrow’s wunderkind, but the discovery of 20th-century women artists who worked in relative obscurity. Last year’s discovery was Dorothy Iannone, whose exhibition of psychosexual paintings at the Berlinische Galerie threatened to upstage that city’s biennale. This year’s artist could be Dalla Husband.

Born to British parents in Winnipeg in 1899, Husband grew up on a ranch in the Okanagan, made numerous trips through the Prairies and, on two occasions, visited her grandmother in England. Upon her grandmother’s death in 1924, Husband received a substantial inheritance. With that, she moved to Paris to study art, apprenticing under printmaker Joseph Hecht, before co-founding Atelier 17 with another printmaker, Stanley William Hayter.

Husband’s prints, which reflect Europe’s between-the-wars fascination with both the Surrealists and Les Automatistes, were included in two Atelier-affiliated portfolios alongside the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. Both portfolios were published in 1938, with the proceeds going to children affected by the Spanish Civil War. According to guest curator Eva Tweedie, Husband is “the most under-researched artist in these portfolios, as well as the only female.”

Michael Turner








Dalla Husband, Man, Horse and Cart

Dalla Husband, Man, Horse and Cart (n.d.), engraving on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, May 28-Jun 21] Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery


 Tue, Apr 7, 2015