Born in Manhattan, Roselle Davenport (1914-1997) lived in Provence, France with her husband, writer William Davenport. In lectures and articles, the eminent art historian, Rene Huyghe of the Academie Francaise cites her work with its themes of the bird and the search for light as an example of a spiritual renewal he discerns in certain contemporary artists. In his latest book, “Les Signes du Temps et l’Art Moderne” published by Flammarion, he describes her evolution and reproduces one of her paintings of the Genesis series exhibited at Coe Kerr Gallery in 1977.
From 1982 to 1988, Roselle Davenport had been one on the few Americans to be selected each year for exhibition in the International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Monte Carlo where one of her Provencal landscapes was awarded a prize offered by H.H. the Pope Jean Paul II. In 1985, she was elected to the European Academy of Arts Sciences and Humanities. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts and in The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. as well as in many public and private collections. Reprinted from Hammond Harkes Galleries