American, 1924-2019

Girl in a Garden

1965, oil on canvas
signed and dated Gloria Vanderbilt 1965 lower right; signed Gloria Vanderbilt and titled The Garden verso, titled Girl in a Garden on stretcher
60 x 47 in.

  • Provenance: The artist; a Private New York Collection.

    Exhibitions: The Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania, Gloria Vanderbilt, April 24-June 6, 1971. Accompanied by an invitation to the opening gala for the exhibition as well as a letter from Charles Elliott, museum director, discussing the particulars of the exhibition and the painting loan. Also accompanied by two letters from the artist to the owner regarding the loan of the painting to her "one man show" at the Reading Museum.

    Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee, Gloria Vanderbilt Retrospective, June 9-July 10, 1972 (accompanied by two letters from Renee Friedman, acting museum director, to the owner regarding the painting loan).
  • Notes: Hammer Galleries (New York) stamp on stretcher with inventory no. 19871-33.

    The letters from the artist to the owner regarding the Reading Museum exhibition read:

    Dear Mrs. [Redacted],
    I have just spoken with Mr. Elliott at the Reading Museum, asking him to please include your painting of mine "Girl in a Garden" in my one man show. As he had not heard from you he had given the space to another picture. However, I am most anxious to have your picture included in the show and he has made space available for it. If convenient for you my son could come with his truck to pick it up, so it could be ready April 13th to go with the other pictures from our New York home. I greatly appreciate your loaning us this picture, and [am] delighted to hear that you and your husband will be coming down for the opening. Please call me at your convenience anytime this week at 283-5152 or in New York after April 11th to make arrangements.
    With many thanks and good wishes,
    Gloria Vanderbilt (Mrs. Wyatt Cooper)

    July 20, 1971
    Dear Mrs. [Redacted],
    Again I thank you for your generosity in lending us your painting for my museum show. I do wish you could have seen it. The museum [indistinct] and it was beautifully lit and placed. A great thrill for me to see it. Its still one of my favorite paintings. If you are puzzling over the placement of the signature - yes - I did resign it. It bothered me on the left where I had it before, Hope you approve! I hope you continue to enjoy it. Having it in the Reading Show added so much to the whole and I am so grateful.
    Gloria Vanderbilt
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