Demitasse, 1975 by Cicely Cottingham

Demitasse, 1975 by Cicely Cottingham


Demitasse, 1975, Watercolor on paper,
8 x 7 inches, Signed bottom left on front

Born in Brooklyn and educated at Pratt Institute, Cicely Cottingham grew up in an old farmhouse in rural New Jersey. Her childhood environment became her primary creative influence and in all of her works the landscape of her youth is never entirely out of the picture. She has received many fellowships and awards for her paintings and works on paper including a 2011 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant. Cottingham’s significant association with Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark NJ dates from 1984 when she was included in their second exhibition. In 1991 she cofounded Aljira Design, an earned income enterprise.

"Demitasse" is a very early watercolor sketch that the artist did shortly after returning from a sojourn living in England and remembering all of the little watercolors in antique shops done by English ladies—of a certain class and era—who stayed at home and painted in their parlors.

Provenance: The artist

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