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A Library Burning

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Year  1974
Created  1974
Medium  Oil on canvas
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Dimensions  158.4 cm × 178.4 cm (62.4 in × 70.2 in)
Location  Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Modern Art Center José de Azeredo Perdigão, Lisbon
Artist  Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
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A Library Burning (La bibliothèque en feu; A biblioteca em fogo) is an 1974 oil on canvas painting by the Portuguese artist Maria Helena Vieira da Silva in the Modern Art Center José de Azeredo Perdigão in Lisbon.


Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, was a student of Fernand Léger, and Roger Bissière, and was a member of the "Second School of Paris"

This painting shows a brownish-framed series of vertical rectangles that are reminiscent of books on library shelves. The title may allude to the burning of the Library of Alexandria.

The whole is painted in muted tones of red and brown and is highly reminiscent of the artist's work for the Church of St. James in Reims, where modern windows were installed to replace the damage done in World War I. The window commission was won by her and the Czech painter Josef Sima and were designed during the years 1966-1976 while working in the workshop of master glazier Jacques Simon (1890-1974) who also worked with Marc Chagall on his windows in the nearby Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame. Sima was known for his book bindings and symmetrical shapes.


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