Anne Harvey was a painter and illustrator, her birthday is in November but I don’t know which day, only that she was born in 1916 and died only 51 years later, in 1967. Marcel Duchamp was a fan, he wanted to arrange a posthumous exhibition of her work, but he too died before this was possible. She is so little known that until now I was unable to find a photograph of her, but this one is from the Met Museum archives. This article on Anne Harvey replaces my earlier, incomplete version.
Anne Harvey would be regarded as a European artist, except
for the fact that she was born in Chicago in November 1916. She is also not so
much a forgotten artist as an artist who was never really known, even though
her work was admired by some of the masters of twentieth century art, including
Henri Matisse and sculptor Constantin Brancusi. She painted a remarkable
portrait of Brancusi when she was only eighteen and this is the only work of
hers to have received much acknowledgement outside her immediate circle. Even though
you might think you’ve heard of an artist named Anne Harvey, it’s probably not
this Anne Harvey, which is a shame. As a painter she was both talented and
|Anne Harvey, photo by Brancusi|
Anne was born into a wealthy, educated and unconventional family, she and her brother Jason were sent to progressive schools in the USA. Harry Harvey, their father was an advertising executive and author. He wrote a biography of Debussy, which was published in 1948. Their mother, Dorothy Dudley Harvey was a writer and poet and one of the four famous Dudley sisters, she published a biography of American novelist Theodore Dreisner in 1932.