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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Irene Rice Pereira

Irene Rice Pereira, Rectangles, 1940

Irene Rice Pereira (American, 1902-1971)
Rectangles 1940
Oil on canvas
Gift of C. Leonard Pfeiffer
1945.008.004

At a time when many artists in the United States were embracing the tenets of American Scene painting, Irene Rice Pereira was absorbing the principles of the Bauhaus, a German design school that emphasized the unity of art, craft, functional design, and mass production. These principles aligned well with Pereira’s passion for abstraction and experimentation.

Throughout her life she explored the philosophy of light and space, publishing her writings as well as experimenting with radium paint, gold leaf, and painting on glass.