Text: www.exitfive.com/dahlov. Her nephew, Jonathan Zorach, says Dahlov was born in Plainfield, New Hampshire.
Text: "Renowned Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar, 99, has died" by Dawn Gagnon. Bangor Daily News, 11 Feb 2017. http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/11/living/renowned-maine-artist-dahlov-ipcar-99-has-died/
Note: N58 Married name: Ipcar
The World Of Dahlov Ipcar (www.exitfive.com/dahlov)
The Artist's Biography
Born in Windsor, Vermont, on November 12, 1917, Dahlov Ipcar grew up inNew York City's Greenwich Village. While she showed artistic talent atan early age, her parents, William and Marguerite Zorach - both famousartists in their own right - did not believe in "art instruction" perse. Consequently Dahlov was never enrolled in art schools or art coursesas a child. She is essentially self taught.
Nonetheless the Zorachs provided their personal encouragement andinspiration, allowing Dahlov the freedom to develop her own uniquestyle. Her parents sent her to some of Manhattan's most progressiveschools: City and Country, Walden, and Lincoln School of TeachersCollege; all of which provided an atmosphere which nurtured hercreativity.
The Zorach family spent many summers on the Maine coast in order toescape the heat and bustle of New York City. Maine provided a contactwith nature which would leave a lasting impression on Dahlov. When shemarried in 1936, she and her husband Adolph Ipcar eventually moved to asmall dairy farm in Georgetown, Maine, where they have lived ever since.
Dahlov and her husband enjoyed the challenge of simple country livingwithout modern conveniences. They cut their own wood and ice and read bykerosene lamps. Up until 1948 they had no electricity. Indoor plumbingand central heating would come even later. While farm chores and raisingtwo sons were more than a full time job, Dahlov continued to pursue hercareer as an artist and author.
In 1939 she had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art inNew York City, the first of many solo shows over the next forty years.Dahlov's works are now in the permanent collections of many important artinstitutions such as the Metropolitan, Whitney, and Brooklyn Museums inNew York. She is also represented in all the leading art museums ofMaine, as well as in many corporate and private collections throughoutthe country.
In 1945 she illustrated The Little Fisherman, her first children's book,for author Margaret Wise Brown. Since then Dahlov has gone on to writeand illustrate thirty children's books of her own. She has also writtenfour fantasy novels for a slightly older audience, as well as a volume ofshort stories for adults. While her art in general might be described asbrightly colored and cheerful, her writings for adults turn to a darker,almost grim intertwining of reality and fantasy.
In the 1940's and 50's, Dahlov's art was influenced by the prevailingstyle of Social Realism as best illustrated by her paintings of farmworkers accompanied by their heavy draft horses and domestic farmanimals. However, by the 60's and 70's, although she remained outside ofthe art movements of the day, her work began to take on a new direction.
Dahlov's love of nature, especially jungle animals, led her to experimentwith a more fanciful approach. One of her children's books, CalicoJungle, represents a turning point in her artistic style. The intricatepatterns and geometric designs which she developed within those pageswere to become her artistic signature.
In addition to easel paintings, illustrations, and soft sculptures,Dahlov has also completed ten large scale mural projects for publicbuildings, two for U.S. Post Offices in LaFollette, Tennessee and Yukon,Oklahoma. Her murals may be seen at several locations in Maine as well;including the children's room at the Patten Free Library in Bath, and a106 ft. panorama of Maine animals in the Narragansett Elementary School,Gorham. Golden Savanna, a 21 ft. mural of African wildlife is currentlyinstalled in the atrium of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children inSpringfield, Massachusetts.
In 1972, Dahlov and her husband together received the Maine Governor'sAward for "significant contributions to Maine in the broad field of thearts and humanities." She has also received three honorary degrees fromThe University of Maine, Colby, and Bates colleges. In April of 1998,The University of Minnesota honored Dahlov with The Kerlin Award forChildren's literature.
At the age of eighty two, Dahlov Ipcar continues to produce her fancifulpaintings and murals at her home and studio in Georgetown, Maine.
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