Riese, Syntax, Souvenir and Symbol,
1996. Graphite, gouache on paper. 28 3/4x34 1/4 inches.
Born in The Hague, Netherlands.
Beatrice Riese spent her childhood in Germany until 1933 during the rise
of the Nazi regime. Her family then moved to Paris, where they encouraged
her to pursue art. The continued uprising of Nazi Germany influenced the
family to move to the U.S. in 1940.
Syntax, Souvenir and Symbol is an investigation of
line, repetition, and form. She says, "I'm not spiritual, I'm rational,
Riese's husband did not encourage her to pursue painting professionally.
She claims, "With the advent of Women's Liberation, I began to read the
newspapers and I began to realize that I was not the only one downtrodden.
I learned about civil rights and feminism..."