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Evergreen Hosts Landmark Retrospective of Artist Alix Aymé

901 S. Bond St., Suite 540
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March 14, 2012
Contact: Heather Egan Stalfort
410-516-0341, ext. 17
hestalfort@jhu.edu , or
Amy Lunday

Never-before-exhibited work of the French woman artist Alix Aymé, an influential participant in the promotion of modernism in the era between the world wars, is featured in Evergreen Museum & Library’s current exhibition Alix Aymé: European Perception and Asian Poeticism, on view through Sunday, Sept. 30.

The first major exhibition to be devoted to the Marseille-born artist, Alix Aymé: European Perception and Asian Poeticism features approximately 40 paintings, drawings, lacquer panels and book illustrations that provide an unparalleled opportunity to study the artist’s development over nearly four decades.

Tutored as a young girl by Maurice Denis—a member of the Symbolist and Nabis movements whose theories contributed to the foundations of Cubism and Fauvism—Alix Aymé (1894–1989) left Paris in 1919 on the first of what would be many trips to Asia where she lived for more than 20 years, working in Laos, Cambodia, China, India and elsewhere. Influenced by Gauguin and the Nabis, she succeeded in creating a synthesis of European and Asian styles, and was largely responsible for the renaissance of the Vietnamese art of lacquer, which she taught at the School of Fine Arts of Hanoi from 1934 to 1939.

An artist familiar to 20th-century Baltimore art collectors Alice Warder Garrett, the last resident of Evergreen, and Claribel and Etta Cone, Aymé was part of the circle of Tsuguharu Foujita, deemed 1920s Paris’ most celebrated artist over even Pablo Picasso. Like the Japanese-born Foujita, Aymé’s work consists of exquisitely subtle line and tonal gradations, forming sensual portraits and haunting landscapes.

“With its vast holdings of both European Modern art and Chinese and Japanese fine and applied arts, Evergreen stands as a most appropriate venue for celebrating Aymé’s Franco-Asian vocabulary, and for studying such in both historical and contemporary contexts,” says James Archer Abbott, director and curator of Evergreen Museum & Library.

Evergreen Museum & Library is open by guided tour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sundays. Alix Aymé: European Perception and Asian Poeticism is included in the price of museum tour admission or $3 for the exhibition only. Tours are offered every hour on the hour during museum hours and the last tour begins at 3 p.m. Visitor information may be found online at http://museums.jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-0341.


Alix Aymé: European Perception and Asian Poeticism is organized by Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library through the sponsorship of Pascal Lacombe and Guy Ferrer of Paris, France. The exhibition features exceptional loans from American and French private collections.

The exhibition is funded in part by The Evergreen House Foundation, with additional support from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The exhibition is complemented by a fully-illustrated catalogue that includes an essay by art dealer and author Joel Lafayette Fletcher, owner of Fletcher/Copenhaver Gallery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The publication is made possible by the generous support of Doris W. Tippens.


Evergreen Museum & Library is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of Baltimore’s philanthropic Garrett family, and a vibrant, inspirational venue for contemporary artists. As a teaching museum of Johns Hopkins University, Evergreen contributes to the advancement of scholarship and museum practice by helping to train future art historians, historic preservationists, and museum professionals.


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