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Vera Neumann

Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet

June 26 – August 12, 2014

Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates, 2014
Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates, 2014
Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates, 2014
Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates, 2014
Autumn Garden, from the "Florals" series [025], c. 1983, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [018], n.d., Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, n.d., Watercolor on paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, c. 1977, Watercolor on paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [027], n.d., Watercolor On Paper
Rhododendron, from the "Florals" series, c. 1984, Watercolor on paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [032], n.d., Watercolor on paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, n.d., Watercolor on paper
Oriental Poppies, from the "Florals" series [029], c. 1973, Watercolor On Paper
Iris and Poppies, from the "Florals" series, c. 1984, Watercolor on paper
Ferns & Flowers, from the "Florals" series [036], c. 1966, Watercolor On Paper
Tulips & Daisies, from the "Florals" series [039], c. 1971, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, n.d., Watercolor on paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [043], n.d., Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, n.d., Watercolor on paper
Fern and Flowers, from the "Florals" series [044], c. 1973, Watercolor On Paper
Countryside, from the "Florals" series [045], c. 1967, Watercolor On Paper
Morning Glories, from the "Florals" series [048], n.d., Tissue paper collaged on paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, n.d., Watercolor on paper
Trumpet Vine, from the "Florals" series [047], c. 1972, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [049], c. 1977, Watercolor On Paper
Meadow Flowers, from the "Florals" series [050], c. 1978, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [051], n.d., Watercolor On Paper
Delphiniums, from the "Florals" series [052], c. 1973, Watercolor On Paper
Native Flowers, from the "Florals" series [053], c. 1972, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [054], n.d., Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, n.d., Watercolor on paper
Poppies, from the "Florals" series [057], c. 1983, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [058], c. 1978, Watercolor On Paper
Island Poppies, from the "Florals" series [001], c. 1973, Watercolor On Paper
Wild Lillies, from the "Florals" series [024], c. 1973, Watercolor On Paper
Thistle, from the "Florals" series [018], c. 1973, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [060], n.d., Watercolor On Paper
Mixed Bouquet, from the "Florals" series [002], c. 1978, Watercolor On Paper
Riverbank, from the "Florals" series [003], c. 1971, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [005], c. 1977, Watercolor on paper
Tea Roses, from the "Florals" series [006], c. 1980, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [007], n.d., Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, c. 1977, Watercolor on paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [009], n.d., Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [015], c. 1975, Watercolor On Paper
Country Garden, from the "Florals" series [016], c. 1974, Watercolor On Paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series, 1980, Watercolor on paper
Flower Arrangement, from the "Florals" series [019], c. 1973, Watercolor On Paper
American Beauty, from the "Florals" series [021], c. 1972, Watercolor On Paper
Blossom, from the "Florals" series [022], c. 1972, Watercolor and ink on paper
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [023], n.d., Watercolor On Paper

Press Release

Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet

Alexander Gray Associates presented its inaugural exhibition of artworks by Vera Neumann (b. 1907, Stamford, CT – d. 1993, North Tarrytown, NY), Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet, a selection of iconic watercolors and drawings of Neumann’s primary muse: bountiful, abundant, and joyful flowers. These artworks, made between the 1950s and 1980s, will be exhibited for the first time, although many of the images will be familiar to collectors of Vera scarves, napkins, and apparel. Her original drawings were the basis for all her designs of scarves, apparel, table linens, and a wide variety of licensed household and fashion items. Arranged salon-style in the Gallery’s ground-floor space, the watercolors and drawings include images of flowers from Neumann’s Hudson Valley garden: daffodils, tulips, irises, bleeding hearts, roses, delphinium, daisies, sunflowers, and poppies; many featuring the Vera ladybug icon.

Susan Seid in conversation: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 6:30 pm. Seid is the author of Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon published by Abrams in 2010. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology and an industry veteran, she is the former owner of The Vera Company.