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MARIUSA

(1908-2012)

Still Life Painter

by Danielle Peltakian

Originally trained in her native Buenos Aires, Mariusa went on to study in Paris before receiving a scholarship to attend the School of the Duncan Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C. Mariusa recently passed away at the age of 104.




Table of Contents

I. Biography

Mariusa (b. Ramirez) Verbrugghe was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1908. At the age of 16, she began her art training under French artist Leonie Matthis (1883-1952), who moved to Argentina in 1912 and soon became well known for her renditions of Buenos Aires during colonial times. Mariusa later went on to study with Argentine painters Aquiles Badi (1894-1976), who trained in Italy, and Horacio Butler (1897-1983), who studied in Germany.

As Mariusa’s talent progressed, she traveled to Paris, where she enrolled at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. While in Paris, she also studied in the atelier of famed painters Vieira da Silva (1908-1990) and Arpad Szenes (1897-1985). Upon her return from Paris, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the School of the Duncan Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C.

More recently, Mariusa moved with her family to Santa Barbara, CA, where she studied portraiture with Priscilla Bender-Shore and landscape with Irma Cavat. Since 1999, Sullivan Goss- An American Gallery has continued to regularly exhibit her paintings. Mariusa recently passed away at the age of 104.

II. AN ANALYSIS OF THE ARTIST'S WORK

Mariusa’s recent paintings explore subtle variations in color, shape and light. She chooses simple objects from daily life, including bottles, flowers, fruits, and vases to create her still lifes of timeless beauty. Through her wispy brushstrokes and complimentary color choices, the artist transforms everyday objects into ethereal forms.

Mariusa’s skilled color and shading techniques manage to capture the delicate nature of her subjects. Distinctions between forms in her paintings are often indistinguishable. While flower vases blend into backgrounds, books and fruits blur into mere shadows. In many cases, the figures in her paintings are on the verge of disappearance, perhaps suggesting the ephemeral nature of life and material objects.

IV. PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

  • Buenos Aires
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • London
  • Paris
  • Dublin
  • New York
  • Virginia Beach
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Monica
  • Washington, D.C.
  • V. EXHIBITIONS

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Great Dock
  • New York
  • Punta Del Este, Uruguay
  • Santa Barbara

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