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Gerda Wegener & La Belle Parisienne

December 19, 2015 - January 30, 2016

A Danish artist who gained recognition in Paris for her art deco fantasies, Gerda Wegener had many artworks published in such magazines as Fantasio, Vogue, and La Vie Parisienne during her lifetime. One of the figures often featured in her paintings and illustrations was her husband, Einar Wegener, who later went on to become a transgender woman with the first publicly recorded gender-reassignment surgery as Lili Elbe. Although Gerda's fame died with her, the artist's works and life's story is now receiving acknowledgement and popularity once more. Opening alongside the biopic of the artist in The Danish Girl and the Arken Museum of Modern Art's retrospective on Gerda Wegener, Leonard Fox Ltd. is delighted to present their second exhibition of Gerda's artworks in Gerda Wegener & La Belle Parisienne.

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Art to the Avenue

May 7, 2015 - May 29, 2015

"Art to the Avenue, the Greenwich Arts Council's annual spring celebration, turns downtown Greenwich into a strolling art gallery which brings works of art to store windows throughout the month of May."

Leonard Fox, Ltd. is thrilled to be participating in the 2015 festival, and will be presenting the evocative and vibrant figurative collages from local artist, Ellen Gordon. 


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Gerda Wegener: La Vie Parisienne

October 30, 2009 - November 25, 2009

Leonard Fox, Ltd. is pleased to announce Gerda WegenerLa Vie Parisienne, an exhibit examining the art and life of Danish-born Gerda Wegener through advertisements, fashion illustrations, and portraits of the idealized femme fatale. As the first exhibition of her works in the US our aim is to bring this delightful artist into view once again.

Gerda Wegener took Art Deco Paris by storm with her adventurous spirit and superb artistry, winning numerous awards as well as commissions for portraits of Parisian society women. Her artwork was as much a product of the time as it was of her own personal style. A friend described her as “different from other artists at the time. Outwardly, she almost looked like the women she painted. She was small and had bright sparkling eyes, an elegant figure, an innate charm and beautiful voice. She used all this to her advantage; she wore makeup without scruple at a time when it wasn’t very common for women to wear makeup. She dressed astoundingly, but with taste.” In modern times Gerda Wegener has become equally well known for her unusual life alongside Einar Wegener—her teacher, husband, and agent—and her favorite female model.

With her avant-garde personal style, she incorporated many popular artistic styles of the time borrowing motifs from Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Cubism to create compositions that combined soft areas of colors and patterns, with sharp angles and sinuous lines. Another notable feature of Wegener’s works were her women. Lavishly dressed, or half-undressed, in the latest fashions, they invite the viewer to act as voyeur. Wegener’s playful mix of fashion and art, along with her great skill as an artist, continues to endear her to many.

Born in 1885 in Hobro, Denmark, Gerda Wegener studied drawing at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Copenhagen. After leaving school, she illustrated satirical newspaper ads in an Art Nouveau style. In 1912 she moved to Paris, with her husband Einar Wegener, where her career as an illustrator took off with work illustrating the latest fashions for some of the early French magazines, such as La Vie Parisienne, Vogue andL’Illustration. She participated in many French salons and exhibitions: Salon des HumoristesSalon des Indépendents, as well as the Salon d’Automne, of which she became a member in 1927. Many French museums bought her paintings. She also illustrated a considerable number of deluxe, limited edition books of erotic stories. In 1940, Gerda Wegener died in relative obscurity in her native Denmark.

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Sirooni in Context

December 1, 2008 - December 19, 2008

Leonard Fox, Ltd. is pleased to announce Sirooni in Context, an exhibit of original designs in gouache from the New York design firm Sirooni, Inc.

Sirooni, like many design firms working in America and abroad, developed large selections of swatches for the design industry. Swatches were intended as a source of inspiration--to spark creative ideas for a variety of products including fabrics, garments, accessories, home furnishings and wallpapers. The Sirooni swatch designs--some 2 by 3 feet or larger--offer a full range of colors, patterns, themes, and provide insight into American culture of the 1920s to the 1950s. They can be linked to specific periods in history through their stylized shapes such as the linear, angular, and rounded forms as well as art deco repeats. Collected and commissioned by Sirooni, the swatches were painted throughout the first half of the 20th century, predominantly in New York and France. Most designs are the work of anonymous artists and illustrators, though some are signed. The artists identified most frequently are French: Thierry Studd, Gerspracher, Maerky, and Alfred Wonnenburger, all of Paris, and Latscha, Lerdung & Albisser of Mulhouse, a town famous for its mills and with a strong connection to Louisiana. These decorative designs are shown in Sirooni in Context alongside canonical examples of European design and fashion publications by such greats as Seguy, Delaunay, Poiret, Dufy and Garcelon, who clearly demonstrate their influence.

Another major influence was the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in 1925, which was followed by several exhibitions on European design in American museums. These exhibitions centered on the importance of art in everyday life through design of mass-produced goods. The American Museum of Natural History, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum, and the Newark Museum were all instrumental in opening their collections to designers to study and to use as a source of inspiration. M.D.C. Crawford, in his role as editor at Women's Wear, promoted the use of museum collections for design inspiration and encouraged designers to make use of Museum's ethnographic collections. The growing importance of industrial design, the impact of European modernism, and the influence of Americans museums has a direct impact on the design industry. This influence can be seen through the images in the Sirooni swatch collection.

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Salvador Dali: Works on Paper

October 30, 2008 - November 13, 2008

Salvador Dali: Works on Paper presents a retrospective of the master Surrealist Salvador Dali’s works on paper, notably his books and suites. The works in Salvador Dali: Works on Paper typify the various stages of Dali’s career, from his early “traditional” Surrealist style of the 1930’s, to the more expressionistic Surrealism that characterizes his later work of the 1960’s and 70’s. The exhibition includes Dali’s original woodcuts, lithographs and etchings from The Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, Tauromachie Surrealist, and The Hippies—just several highlights from this rich visual display.

Leonard Fox, Ltd. has operated from Manhattan’s Upper East Side for over thirty years, selling rare illustrated books and original works of art from the great artists of the Art Deco period, including George Barbier, Francois-Louis Schmied and Georges Lepape, as well as Livres d’Artistes and prints by modern masters like Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.  In its thirty years, Leonard Fox Ltd has helped build some of the countries most important collections. 

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