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 “The face is the great landscape",  Isolda used to say.

Isolda Hermes da Fonseca

(Rio de Janeiro 1924 – 2004)

‘In search of beauty’

Drawings paintings and portraits

Permanent Exhibition

Art gallery Man & Nature

Maenhoutstraat 75a – 9830 Sint-Martens-Latem

 

 Also Permanent Works of:

Myriam Vandenberghe (nature paintings),

van Chapman (nature paintings, portraits),

Miejef Callaert (landscapes, flowers in aquarelle).

 

 Opening hours gallery

 Thursday-, Friday-, Saturday- and Sunday afternoon from 14:00 to18:00 hrs or by appointment.

 

 Organisation: Arnold Eloy

 Maenhoutstraat 75a, 9830 Sint-Martens-Latem

 (Belgium)

Tel. 0496 / 80.57.99 - E-mail: arnold.eloy@skynet.be

www.mens-en-natuur.com

 

 

Pricelist

 Exhibition Isolda in Latem (Belgium)

‘In search of beauty’

1     
Sphinx-Private collection ..5000 €  (Poster 40x50cm: 20 €)
2      
Orfeo- Private collection.......................................... 3000 €
3      
Soul- Private collection.. 2000 € (Poster 40x50cm: 20 €)
4      
Figure with a cape- Private collection....................... 2000 €
5      
Angel- Private collection ...2000 €   (Poster 40x50cm: 20€)
6      
Isolda child................................................................. 3000 €
7      
Orminda and child..................................................... .2000 €
8       
Reclined mother and child..................................... 2000 €
9     
Gold angel ..................................................................1000 €
10     
Meditation .................................................................2000 €
11    
  Veil of Light Private collection............................... 3000 € 
12    
Two gold angels....................................................... 1000 €
13    
Children Playing......................................................... 2000 €
14      
Lady and the white horse- Private collection ............2000 €
15    
Drawing of a man .........................................................500 €
16   
Young man (Pensil drawing)........................................ 500 €
17   
Woman and the moon drawing.................................... 500 €
18    
Trinity -private collection-.........................................3000 €
19    
Print drawing ...............................................................250 €
20   
Greek woman............................................................ 250 €
21   
Greek head ..................................................................250 €
22    
Two heads ‘ink’....................................................... 500 €
23   
Reclining woman..................................................... 500 €
 24  
Couple( ink drawing)..................................................... 500 €
25    
Sculpture .....................................................................1000 €
26    
Birds mating1 - ...........................................................1000 €
27   
Dancer- Private collection 3000 €... ( Poster 40x50cm: 20€)
28      
Dancer ( sanquinea)................................................. 2000 €
29    
Man and dogs ...............................................................600 €
30   
Birds mating 2 –.......................................................... 1000 €
31   
Horse riders  ..............................................................500 €
 
  32  
Simple drawing ............................................................... 500€
33     
Nude couple................................................................... 500 €
34    
Lovers (sanguinea )......................................................500 €
35    
Art Nouveau figure.................................................. 500 €
36    
Couple in gala outfit....................................................1000 €
37    
Two ladies and umbrella...............................................1000 €
38      
Laughing in the Carnaval - .......................................... 400 €
39      
Hotel Du Park- Private collection........................... 3000 €
40       
Birdman .................................................................... 1000 €
42      
Dragon and the woman carnaval............................. 1000 €
 
43        
Portrait ........................................................................100
 

44   

The magician ............................................................1000 €
45       
Guerra dos anjos Private collection 10000 € (post card 2€)
46        
Astronauta.................................................................. 2000 € 
47      
Close encounters- ..............5000 € (Poster 40x50cm: 20 €) 
48      
Musicians- Private collection....................................... 2000 €
49     
City of another world .................................................5000 €
50    Musical meeting 2000 € ............... ( Poster 40x50cm: 20 €)
51      
Musician with a lute ( oil painting)............................. 5000 €
52     
Medusa.........................................................................1000 €  
53    
Musician2 ( oil painting).............................................. 3000 €
54     
Head........................................................................... 250 €
 55    
 Biblical scene............................................................. 2000 €
56    
Serenade................................................................... 600 €
57     
Portrait (papyrus paper).......................................... 2000 €
58    
 Looking at a flower..................................................... 500 €
59     
Lady and the morning glory......................................... 500 €
60    
Lovers in blue................................................................. 600€
61      
Solar Figure- private collection................................... 2000 €
62     
Woman pensil drawing...............................................500 €
63      
Persona................................................................... 1000 €
64       
Figure with violin.......................................................500 €
65        
 Two angels heads....................................................500 €
66     
 Mother and child...................................................... 2000 €
 
67       
The heroic womanand angel..................................... 500 €
68      
Invisible companion.....................................................500 €
69       
Guerra................................................................. 2000 €
70     
St Francis Private collection.................................. 3000 € 
71     
Woman and taurus.................................................. 2000 €
 

 

About Isolda

Written by van Chapman

 

Press presentation

 

 

Known by all for her intelligent

and surprising spontaneity,

her generosity and joy of living,

the great Brazilian Isolda

 was brave to her last moments

 on the Earth.

 

 

 

 

  Isolda Hermes da Fonseca

CURRICULUM

 

 

 BIBLIOGRAPHY

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 7 April 1924

 Studies

1947/48 Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C., USA

1948/49 New York, USA

1949/51 Florence, Italy

 

 COLLECTIVES

1947/48 Corcoran Gallery, Washington and Artists, USA

Cooperative, Washington, USA

1948 Washington Outdoor Show, USA

1951/63 Salão de Arte Moderna  Rio, Brazil

1964 University of Delaware, USA

 Bertuche Gallery New york, USA

Paintings and Drawings, Madison Avenue, New York, USA

1964/68 Herbert Star Gallery, New York USA

1965 Brazilian Cultural center, New York, USA

Brian Gallery New York, USA

Adelphi University, New York, USA

1976 Coletiva de Verão, Ranulfo Galeria, Recife, Brazil

1990-‘Poetische Kunst’-Galerie Studio, Gent, Belgium

1991 Exposição Nipo Brasileira Bikokai Rio, Brazil

2005 Galeria Embaixada da Argentina Rio, Brazil

and other Collectives.

 

  INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

1956 Petite Gallerie, Rio, Brazil

Galeria IBEU, Rio, Brazil

1959 Livraria Thomas Jefferson, Rio, Brazil

1962 Galeria Gead, Rio, Brazil

1963 Brazilian Cultural Center, New York, USA

1964 West Nyack Clarksville, New York, USA

1967 Centerville, Delaware, USA

1969 Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, USA

1969 Varanda, Rio, Brazil

1971 Irlandini, Rio, Brazil

1973 IBEU, Rio, Brazil

1976 Mini Gallery, Rio, Brazil

1977 Ranulfo Galleria de Arte, Recife, Brazil

1978 Galleria Academia Internazionale, Roma, Italy

Per la unitá de la Culultura, Roma, Italy

Ranulfo Galeria de arte, São Paulo, Brazil

Ranulfo Galeria de Arte, Recife, Brazil

1981 Galeria Ranulpho, São Paulo, Brazil

1982 Galeria da Ana Maria Niemeyer, Rio, Brazil

1983   Museum of the Vatican, Roma, Italy

 Galeria Ranulpho, Recife, Brazil

1984 Galeria Ranulpho, São Paulo, Brazil

1986 ‘Romantic Art’ in De Mattenburg, Bergem op Zoom, Holanda

 Galeria da Accademia Internazionale Burckhardt, Roma

1987-Hotel Astória, Hamar, Norway

 Galeria Ranulpho, Recife, Brazil

1995 Retrospectiva no Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio, Brazil

1997 D`Hoogpoorte, Gent, Belgium

2005 ‘The Master of the Mother pearl’

Retrospectiva Galeria da Fesp, Rio, Brazil

 2006 ‘In Search of Beauty’ Gallery Man and Nature, Latem, Belgium

 

  PRIZES

1948 Honorable prize Washington Outdoor Show, USA

1960 Medalha de Prata Museum de Belas Artes, Rio, Brazil

1962 Segundo prêmio Concurso Formiplac, Rio, Brazil

1964 Acquisition Prize, University of Delaware USA

First prize, Awiza Pond, Bay Shore USA,

Second prize, Cross Country, New York, USA,

Third prize, Forest Hills, New York, USA

1977 Nativitá 77, Medaglia per pitura, Napoli, Italy

Nativitá 77, Primo premio Internazionale

con medaglia Aurea della Respone per disegno;

Membro Academico dela Accademia Internazionale Burckhardt

Suissa 1978 Membro Accademico di Merito

della Accademia dei ‘i 500’ di Arti,

 Lettere, Scienze, Cultura, Roma, Italy,

Premio Campidoglio d’Oro, Pittura, Roma, Italy

Centro Cultura Le Don Minzoni,

Capena Concorso di pittura Sacra,

premio Speciale con Grande Medaglia de ‘Il Quadrato’

1979 Nativitá 79, 1 premio, Regione Campania;

Ente provinciale per il Turismo, Roma, Italy

Trofeo Claudio Monteverdi, Roma, Italy

Premio Speciale disegno Il Canacollo Galleria d'Arte, Firenze, Italy,

Galleria Bottega d'Arte S. Ambroeus,

Milano Premio speciale per disegno con Medaglia

Premio fuori Concorso "Santa Croce", Firenze, Italy

 

  OTHER

‘Stations of the cross’, Igreja de Araruama, Estado do Rio, Brazil, 1962

 Dicionario Das Artes Plasticas no Brazil, Roberto Pontual, 1969

Ilustrations of the sonnets of Shakespeare, Nova Fronteira, Rio, 1973

Monografia "Arte figurativa nel mondo" pela Academia per la

 Unità della Cultura by Aurelio Thommaso Prete, Roma, Italy

Publication on the art works of ISOLDA Hermes da Fonseca,

Thommaso Prete, Roma, Italy Roma, Italy 1978

Participated with paintings to "A Sucessora' TV Globo, Rio, Brazil, 1978

Illustrations of the life of Saint Francisco of Assisi

Piero Bargellini, translation by Padre Godinho, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1980

Museum of Vatican (with painting of Santa Cecília), Roma, Italy 1983

Sotherby´s , South American Art  New York, USA., 1987

Medalha de ouro no VIII Rio- Bi Exposição Nipo-Brasileira de Artes

 given the title of  "A MESTRA DA MADREPÉROLA",

 (‘The Master of the Pearlmother’)  in Rio, Brazil 1991

 

 The editor and organizer Arnold Eloy invites the public and the press for an extraordinary exhibition in Gallery Men and Nature,

In St Marten’s Latem

 Of drawings and paintings of Isolda Hermes da Fonseca

 

 

‘Isolda is like fire. She can turn anything negative into positive’,

said about her a clairvoyant . And it was so.

 

 

-Isolda Hermes da Fonseca is honoured by many people as one of the best painters of Brazil.

 

Known by the powerful and the humble people for her intelligent and surprising espontaneity,

generosity and joy of living, the great Brazilian Isolda, was brave to her last moments on the Earth.

 

 

 

 

The name given to Isolda is perhaps inspired by the heart breaking music of Wagner, on the drama of ‘Tristan and Isolda’, a passionate, prohibited love and a romantic death, similar to Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, a  romantic symbol of love’s victory over all obstacles and all world’s conventions and finally over death itself.

 

Indeed a mystical, poetic, romantic and a heroic music is made visible in the works of Isolda,

Particularly in the decisive force and delicacy of her drawings, some of which were first presented in an exhibition in her honour, ‘The master of the Mother Pearl’, in Rio in 2005, after her death,  and which are now presented in Belgium, in the Gallery Man and Nature,  in St Marten’s Latem .

 

Isolda’s work combines the and vigour and lust for life and  sense for mysticism of her Brazilian native humble origins, from the region of the Amazon river (Pará), and the passion and adventure of Spanish conquistadores, from her mother’s side, with the military discipline and power of  the family of her father, and of her great uncle, the first president of Brazil, the historical figure Deodoro Hermes da Fonseca, who helped to create the Republic in Brazil, and her grand father, a later president of the Republic.

 

Isolda Hermes da Fonseca was born in 7 April of 1924 the presidential palace of the Catete, in Rio de Janeiro, and spent her early years as a child in a tropical and picturesque island called Paquetá in the Bay of Guanabara.

There she grew up in an elegant aristocratic family, in an atmosphere that was became source of much her reminiscences and inspiration.

 Youngest sister of three brothers in the home of strong military commanders, though accepting to be protected and pampered by them, Isolda never allowed herself to be left behind. She was herself a General, when she needed to!

 

 

Isolda made her studies in Washington in the Corcoran school of Art, where she met the American painter Grover Chapman, who she married and with whom she continued her studies in Florence.

The couple have lived from their Art and bringing up their two children, Paula and Geraldine,

 in their ateliers, and Art milieu.

An enthusiastic lover Music, Art, Poetry and Science, and even Science fiction, Isolda  united in her work her own heroes of History and mythology, honouring of the achievements of the human spirit, from the Greek ideal to the Renascence and all Humanism up to the 21 century.

  Her international carriére was brilliant, with inumerous exhibitions, and prizes world wide, and important publications in her name as the illustrations of a book of the sonnets of Shakespeare, and of the life of Francis of Assisi, and the Stations of the Cross for a church  of Araruama  in the state of Rio de Janeiro).

 

Though occasionally her fury was devastating, (especially if her clarity was gone),  she was both charming and assertive.

 Isolda combined these feminine and masculine qualities in a powerful creative force,

in herself as in her Art, gladdening all around her.. Her sense of humour was unbeatable.

 Not even her own suffering at the end of her life could beat it.

S

 

 

About Isolda's direct familly

 

The great American painter Grover Chapman, with whom Isolda  married, has become famous for his illustrations of the book A Guerra dos Canudos, of Euclides da Cunha (Rio de Janeiro, Salamandra. 1978), And his paintings inspired in the Brazilian folklore and several murals he painted in Brazil.

 

Paula, the youngest daughter of Grover and Isolda, born in Florence, is a psychologist, founder of the therapy centres Namasté in Brazil. Geraldine van Chapman, Nature painter and spiritual philosopher, born in New York,

 is one of the collaborators and guest artists of this Gallery Man and Nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Art gallery Man & Nature

Arnold Eloy/ Maenhoutstraat 75a, 9830 Sint-Martens-Latem

Tel. 0496 / 80.57.99 - E-mail: arnold.eloy@skynet.be

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