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Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier
Abstract Signed Cubist Bronze Sculpture "Cats" Chicago Bauhaus Woman Modernist




This listing is just for the sculpture. (the picture of the ad is for reference and is not included.) Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier was an artist, writer and arts activist who worked in the United States and Europe in the mid- to late-twentieth century. Educated at Radcliffe College, Greene-Mercier was also a student at the New Bauhaus School of Design in Chicago. Greene-Mercier worked in a variety of media, but was best known for the abstract metal sculptures she produced in the 1950s-1970s. An American artist born to French immigrant parents, Greene-Mercier studied art at Radcliffe College. A working artist since the 1940s, Greene-Mercier began to produce primarily large, abstract sculptures cast in bronze in the 1950s. She began creating small- and large-scale works in the heavier “Cubic” style in the late 60s, and monumental sculptures in this mode would characterize her work in the 1970s. Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier was born March 31, 1911 in Madison, Wisconsin. Both of her parents were French immigrants; her father, Louis J.A. Mercier, served on the faculties of University of Wisconsin and Harvard University before returning to France to serve in World War I. Greene-Mercier described her family life during this time as "itinerant," but stability returned after the war. As a child, Greene-Mercier attended Catholic schools in the Boston area. After high school, she studied and traveled in Europe before entering Radcliffe College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1933. Greene-Mercier's early career included work as a French teacher at Loyola University, an art critic, and assistant positions at the Renaissance Society and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1936, she began working as a French film reviewer for the International Film Bureau, a Chicago-based distributor of educational and foreign films. In 1937, she married the firm's owner, Wesley Hammond Greene. She began her association with the New Bauhaus School of Design in the same year, taking classes from 1937-1938. Greene-Mercier studied at the Institute of Design under Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Alexander Archipenko and Gyorgy Kepes. influenced by Jacques Lipchitz at Modern Art Foundry, Long Island City, NY Greene-Mercier was the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1969 International Grand Prize for Modern Sculpture. Her sculptures took abstract forms, from flowing, overlapping lines of bronze to shiny stacked cubes. The 1940s brought both the birth of Greene-Mercier's first two children, as well as the beginning of serious exposure as an artist, working in collage and sculpture. Marie-Zoe Greene-Mercier is best known for her grandly-scaled monumental sculpture, such as the two French Government commissions at Barcarès and Arras. Less well known is a series of collages in which she explored the spatial relationships created by separating paper and other materials by multiple panes of glass, which she has named 'polyplane collages. She also exhibited figural sculptures, particularly idealized human heads and faces: Among these works are two sculptures of Greene-Mercier's sister-in-law, the actress Dame Judith Anderson. In the early 1950s, Greene-Mercier began to produce primarily large, abstract sculptures cast in bronze. She worked in two formal styles, which she described as "Arboreal" and "Cubic." From 1953 to the late 1960s, her work was predominantly in the linear "Arboreal" style, represented by Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the series Orpheus. She began creating small- and large-scale works in the heavier "Cubic" style in the late 60s, and monumental sculptures in this mode would characterize her work in the 1970s. Greene-Mercier also continued to create small paintings, collages, reliefs and drawings throughout her career. In 1969, three collections of her drawings of European cities were published by Libreria Internazionale Italo Svevo as Trieste: 101 Disegni; Venezia: 101 Disegni; and Salzburg: 101 Zeichnungen. In North America, Greene-Mercier exhibited primarily in Chicago and Canada, At the height of her career in the United States, she participated regularly in solo and group exhibitions in venues such as the Renaissance Society, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Arts Club of Chicago. However, her work found greater representation and larger audiences in Europe, with solo exhibitions held in Paris, Athens, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and West Berlin (A retrospective exhibition of her work was held in 1977 at Amerika Haus, Berlin). Her monumental sculptures were installed as public art in France and Germany. Greene-Mercier participated in several Chicago-based arts organizations, including the Chicago Society of Artists, the Renaissance Society, the Arts Club of Chicago, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the 57th Street Art Fair. She was also active in Chicago's Alliance and Maison Française. In 1956, Greene-Mercier began working with the Chicago chapter of the Artists Equity Association, advocating for the legal rights of artists. She served as president of the organization from 1959-1961. Another important aspect of her personal life was music; she studied violin in Europe, and the influence of music on her sculpture is evident in works such as the Orpheus series.


  • Creator
    Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier (1911 - 2001),
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  • Dimensions
    Height: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Depth: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
    good. minor wear.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3825041632

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