Anita De Caro is at home in either New York or Paris and yet she is a stranger to both of them in that their conventional sights and views—those that the tourist sees most easily—continue to suprise and delight her. Last year she returned to her native New York for a joint exhibition with Jacques Villon at the Grace Borgonicht Gallery. Her reaction to the city’s skyscrapers and bridges is reflected in some of the drawings reproduced on these pages. Her feeling for the slow waters of the Seine along which she lives, opposite the Ile St. Louis and Notre Dame on the left bank, is apparent in others. She studied in New York at the Art Student’s League and with Hans Hoffman and Max Weber, and later worked at Hans Heye’s Atelier 17 in Zurich. In 1937 she married the famous French engraver Roger Vieillard and she has since lived and worked in Paris. One of her paintings is in the permanent collection of the Paris Musée d’Art Moderne.
Gerald Sykes, the novelist and critic, has written of her work: “There is a kind of calm in her painting that one feels near a deserted French canal, where the most important event of the day is the dropping of a few leaves into brown water. The colors are bright but chaste. Here is classic contentment, the kind that is within reach of us all if we will stop and let it come in.”