Beth Van Hoesen: Bears Notecard Folio
Ten 5 x 7 in. full-color blank notecards with envelopes in a decorative folio.
Born in 1926 in Boise, Idaho, artist Beth Van Hoesen graduated from Stanford University and went on to study at the San Francisco Art Institute with abstract expressionist Clyfford Still and figurative painter David Park. Park became a major influence for Van Hoesen, inspiring her to eschew abstraction for the expressive realism seen in her exquisite florals, still lifes, and animal studies, such as the two bear portraits included in this notecard selection. In her 1987 book Creatures: The Art of Seeing Animals, Van Hoesen commented, “We tend to think that animals of a breed are all alike, yet in observing and drawing them, I have found each to be unique in appearance and temperament; and each, lacking any pretense, seems to have a natural dignity. It is unsettling to look into their eyes and wonder what they know. There is a great distance between us, yet we feel so much in common as creatures.”
An acknowledged master of drawing and printmaking, Van Hoesen has exhibited worldwide and is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and many other major museums. Her other books include Beth Van Hoesen: Works on Paper (1995) and A Collection of Wonderful Things: Intaglio Prints (1972).
Contains five each of two notecards, each called Black Bear, 1985.