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For Immediate Release
January 18 – 27, 2019
Park Avenue Armory, Booth D7

Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma”) Moses (1860-1961)
Untitled: Sugaring Scene, 1961
Oil on pressed wood, 16" x 24" (40.6 x 61 cm)
NEW YORK – Between 1940 and 1959, four now legendary artists were introduced to American audiences by the Galerie St. Etienne:  Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma”) Moses. Iconic work from these artists will comprise the gallery’s exhibition at the Winter Show (formerly Winter Antiques Show) at the Park Avenue Armory, kicking off the gallery’s 80th anniversary year.
The combination of the four artists in the exhibition, which juxtaposes three Austrian Expressionists with one self-taught American artist, reflects the history of the gallery’s founder, Otto Kallir. An established art dealer in Vienna, he opened the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City in 1939, after being forced into exile by the Nazis. Looking for art that reflected the country that had saved his life, he was attracted to the authenticity of America’s folk tradition. In 1940, less than a year after opening, his new gallery presented the first solo exhibition of Grandma Moses, an obscure farmwoman and self-taught painter.
Also in 1940, the Galerie St. Etienne mounted the first American one-person show of Oskar Kokoschka. Solo exhibitions of work by Egon Schiele followed in 1941, and of Gustav Klimt in 1959. The gallery was instrumental in arranging numerous museum acquisitions of works by these artists, by such institutions as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Phillips Collection, and National Gallery of Art, thereby helping to establish their reputations not only in the United States but worldwide. The Galerie St. Etienne also helped organize the first American museum exhibitions of Schiele's work, in 1960 and 1965.
Among the highlights of the Winter Show is a portrait by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) of his sister Gerti, who would go on to model professionally. She can be seen in his Portrait of a Woman in an Orange Hat, 1910. Schiele’s wife, Edith Harms, a proper bourgeois young lady, found it hard to adjust to her husband’s bohemian ways. A 1915 portrait, Woman Holding Flower (Edith Schiele), evokes the subject’s wistful sadness.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) drew a great many nudes in the last ten years of his life. Although tangentially related to contemporaneous allegorical paintings, all these studies also function as independent explorations of sex. Standing Female Nude with Hand Resting on Hip, Facing Left, 1916-17, is such an example. By was of contrast, a nude by Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) Reclining Girl, c. 1919-20, is far more forceful in its use of bold, expressive lines.
A number of snow scenes by Grandma Moses (1860-1961) will be on view at the Winter Show, including Untitled: Sugaring Scene, painted in 1961, just prior to her death that year at the age of 101. The seasonal cheer and bustling figures made “sugaring” one of the artist’s favorite themes.
About the Galerie St. Etienne
The Galerie St. Etienne, located at 24 West 57th Street in New York City, is the oldest gallery in the United States specializing in Expressionism and Self-Taught artists. Founded in 1939, the gallery will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019 with a series of special exhibitions. The Galerie St. Etienne was established in 1939 by Otto Kallir, previously founder of the Neue Galerie in Vienna, a principal exponent of German and Austrian modernism. The gallery provided America with a first look at the art of Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Egon Schiele. Today, its venerable standing continues under the direction of Jane Kallir, Otto’s granddaughter. Her scholarship and expertise extend around the world. Jane Kallir has curated exhibitions for the Museo del Vittoriano in Rome, Belvedere in Vienna, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and many other museums in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. She is the author of Egon Schiele: The Complete Works Online ( the artist’s first digital catalogue raisonné, released in November 2018, as well as three earlier print editions, and over 20 art books. The Galerie St. Etienne participates in the Winter Show and Art Basel.
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