the Margaret Lefranc Catalogue Raisonné is launched
Born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1907, Lefranc died in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
September 5, 1998. A prodigious artist whose “lifetime of imaging” spanned more
than 85 years beginning at age six, Lefranc produced a diverse oeuvre that provides
a clarifying window on modernist art and its evolution throughout much of the
20th century. She created portraits and landscapes in a variety of styles, reflecting
cubist and other avant-garde influences; her media included oil, watercolor, gouache,
pastel, etching, monotype, etc. Lefranc’s circumference also included Europe and
New York, where she participated in that artistic vanguard during the 1920s and 1930s
(well before her 1939 vacation in Taos where she stayed with Frieda Lawrence and
before she settled in Nambe, near Santa Fe, in 1945 and later maintained the family
home in Hunter, New York and another in Miami, Florida).
— Susan Ressler, Professor Emerita, Purdue University
This first installment of the online catalogue includes over 200 paintings by Lefranc that reside in the collection of the Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation. The remaining paintings — held in private and public collections (or works that are currently un-located) — will be addressed in updates to the website. Future installments will feature specific selections from Lefranc’s large body of works on paper, such as preparatory drawings, the landscapes of New Mexico and New York, book illustrations, and abstract monotypes to name a few.