Artist Trivia: Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar (American, 1917-2017) Jungle Pool, 1965 Oil on canvas 22 1/16 x 28 1/4 x 3/4 inches Anonymous Gift, 1984.3.2
Dahlov Ipcar (American, 1917-2017) Jungle Pool, 1965 Oil on canvas 22 1/16 x 28 1/4 x 3/4 inches Anonymous Gift, 1984.3.2

Who is this artist: 

Born in Vermont and raised in Greenwich Village, New York, and in Maine, this artist married and settled in Maine to farm and paint.
Inspired by animals, the artist worked to portray them, often within geometric configurations. The Farnsworth holds a number of their works in various media including books, prints, paintings, and soft sculptures.
They were the first of their gender and the youngest artist to be featured in a solo exhibition at a prominent national museum. Since that time, their work has been collected by art institutions across the country. They received numerous awards for their work, including the Maine Governor’s Award and the Farnsworth’s Maine in America Award. This artist died in 2017 at the age of 99. 

This artist is: 

Dahlov Ipcar

Domestic and jungle animals were always a source of inspiration for Ipcar, whose intricate patterns and geometric designs became her artistic signature. The Farnsworth Art Museum currently has eleven of Ipcar’s works in the collection, ranging from books to lithographs of antelopes, tigers, and birds, to an oil painting of cats and tigers, to a fabric sculpture of a giraffe.

Daughter of artists Marguerite and William Zorach, Ipcar lived and worked in the home she knew from childhood in Robinhood Cove on Georgetown Island, Maine.Growing up surrounded by artists she showed interest and artistic talent at an early age, with parents who allowed her  the freedom to develop her own unique style.  In 1939 she had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which showcased her art from childhood to adulthood, the first of many solo shows over the years. Since then, Ipcar’s works have been collected by art institutions that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City. Her work is in collections of the leading art museums of Maine, as well as in many corporate and private collections throughout the country. In 1972, Ipcar and her husband Adolph together received the Maine Governor’s Award for “significant contributions to Maine in the broad field of the arts and humanities.” She has also received honorary degrees from The University of Maine and Colby and Bates colleges. In April 1998, The University of Minnesota honored Ipcar with The Kerlan Award for Children’s Literature in recognition of the dozens of children’s books she has illustrated throughout her career. In 2017, the Farnsworth awarded her the Maine in American Award for her remarkable contributions to Maine’s ongoing role in American art.

Dahlov Ipcar (American, 1917-2017) Jungle Pool, 1965 Oil on canvas 22 1/16 x 28 1/4 x 3/4 inches Anonymous Gift, 1984.3.2

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