Helen Stuart Weir (fl. 1915-1969)
|Artist Name||Helen Stuart Weir (fl. 1915-1969)|
|Title||Iris and Venetian Glass|
|Description||This opulent British still life oil painting is by female Cornish St Ives School artist Helen Stuart Weir. It was painted and exhibited in 1929 at the Royal Academy London and entitled 'Iris and Venetian Glass'. The composition is a gorgeous wine coloured Venetian glass ornament with a silver swan on the stem and lid. Beside it are purple and blue and white iris arranged in a bowl. Behind them is a rich white silk material. There is wonderful heavy impasto and superb reflections of windows on the glass and bowl making this a stunning painting.
Signed lower right.
|Provenance||Exhibited: The Royal Academy London 1929 No. 239 'Iris and Venetian Glass'. Labels verso.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||24 x 30 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary frame 37 inches by 31 inches and in good condition|
|Biography||Helen Stuart Weir ROI, RBA, RBC, SWA also recorded as Helen Stewart Weir (?-1969) Exhibited 1915-1940. Born in New York to an American mother and a Scottish father (from Lanark), Weir studied in the US, Germany and England. Her mother was the artist Nina May Weir Lewis, who died and was buried in Lelant, Cornwall just before WWII. Helen had one sister, and the two children were brought to Europe by their mother after their father died. As an adult, she was permanently based in London but kept Rose Lodge Studio in St Ives and stayed at St Ives Bay Hotel during summers. Weir was a painter of landscape, still-life and flowers as well as a sculptor plus glass-work and pewter-work. Independent financially, Helen was well-liked in St Ives circles and was a good friend of the Lanyon family. In 1933, she took over as Acting President of the Society of Women Artists from Dorothea Sharp.
Lanham's, joint show with Nina 1928, Summer; Porthmeor Gallery
St Ives Society of Artists 1928-1947 & touring
Exhibited: Royal Academy London 22, Royal institute of Oil Painters 70, 1915, October, Piccadilly; Beau Arts Gallery, GIasgow Institute of Fine Arts and Goupil Gallery 48, INT; LI 19, New English Art Club 6, Royal Society of British Artists 77, Royal Hibernian, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Royal Scottish Academy 20, Society of Women Artists 58.
memberships: STISA: 1928-59; SWA: 1933 (acting President); ROI; RBA; Pastel Society.