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HERMANAS SCULL: Selection of works from 100 Years of Creations by 20 Women Artists (1922 to 2022)
 
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    Two magnificent works on display by the Hermanas Scull demonstrate their superb ingenuity and the detailed craftsmanship of their unique three-dimensional mixed media works.




    “Together with her sister [Sahara] and later her son Michael, Haydée Scull [unknown-2007] achieved a considerable amount of success… Despite having studied art formally, she was a folk artist, in the best sense of the term. For most of her career, the work was centered on a Cuba that was rapidly receding into memory. Many of her recurring motifs are featured in her work: the Caballero de París [a popular street character in 1950’s Havana], the Street Lottery Ticket Vendor, the Capital Building, as an icon, the well-endowed young lady in a red polka dot dress… each depicting a tableaux of Havana life. Yet these works were as humorous as they were nostalgic.
    They were – and are – quintessentially, Cuban.”


    - RSNLK, Babalu, November 21, 2007





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    Hermanas Scull (b. 1931)
    Calle Ocho Open House
    (Fiesta en Calle Ocho), 1991
    3 dimensional mixed media collage on canvas
    38 1/4 x 72 inches





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    Detailed look of the Haydée and Sahara Scull in the mirror.




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    Detailed look at the faces of the characters.




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    Sandwich vendor with festival in the background.
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    A variety of mixed media components protrude from the artwork to create the three-dimensional effect synonymous to the Hermanas Scull style.




    “The Hermanas Scull dedicated themselves to a collaborative art style, broadly classifiable as three-dimensional painting. In so doing, the Hermanas Scull became the first known collective in Cuban art history. Despite their classical arts training, Haydée and Sahara Scull chose to follow in a tradition of other naïve artists such as Henri Rousseau, Grandma Moses, and Red Grooms. Historically, the Hermanas Scull can be seen in league with other South Florida outsider-art visionaries like Purvis Young and fellow 3-D painter, Mario Sanchez, whose idiosyncratic productions have also earned them cult status among collectors, critics, and institutions.”

    - Nico Hough





    Cuban Art
    Hermanas Scull (b. 1931)
    Havana Scene
    (Escena Habanera), ca. 1985
    3 dimensional mixed media collage on canvas
    38 1/2 x 62 inches

    PRIVATE COLLECTION




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    Detailed look of the fruit vendor and woman.




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    Detailed look of the woman on the balcony.




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    Detailed look of the flower vendor.




    Cuban Art
    Hermanas Scull (b. 1931)
    Plaza of the Angel
    (Plaza del Angel), ca. 1985
    3 dimensional mixed media collage on canvas
    40 x 60 inches





    The Plaza of the Angel in Old Havana houses the earliest church in the capital city, The Church of Espíritu Santo, dating prior to the year 1620. In its early days and for centuries, masses for the free negro believers were held in this temple that was especially dedicated to the spiritual needs of the Afro- Cubans who lived in and frequented the area. The plaza was also the place where the black population gathered to play their music, dance, and enjoy themselves with the approval of the Bishop and a license extended by the Governor General in 17th century colonial Cuba. In 1772, a Papal bull and a subsequent Royal Certificate issued by King Charles II of Spain, (1773), established the Espíritu Santo as the only "Immune Church" in Cuba. This meant that any persecuted individual could find sanctuary (amparo) in its premises, against the actions of the authorities and of justice. The Church of Espíritu Santo went through a major restoration during the first half of the 20th century thanks to the initiative of Father Angel Gaztelu, "the priest of the Orígenes group," a distinguished poet and a close friend of artists Fidelio Ponce, Portocarrero, and others. Some of the paintings that once belonged to Father Gaztelu's collection are now part of the church's ornamentation.

    - Ramón Cernuda





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    Detailed look at the various characters of this plaza scene.




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    Detailed look of the juice vendor.




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    Detailed look of the tie vendor.




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    American Folk Art A Regional Reference Volume 1, Essay on Hermanas Scull pages 289 and 290, Kristin G Congdon, Kara Kelley Hallmark, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California, 2012.




     
     
     
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