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CYNTHIA HUMBLE BRANTS (1924–2006)

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Cynthia Brants was a fluid draftsman from a young age. She studied etching and aquatint with Blanche McVeigh as a child. At Sarah Lawrence College in New York, her mentor and art professor was German émigré Kurt Roesch. During that time, she also began studying with printmaker Stanley William Hater at the New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village. Brants’ interest in Cubism was deepened, particularly after meeting Georges Braque while she studied in Paris in 1948. After completing her studies, she returned to Fort Worth and began her career as an artist and teacher.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1924 Born in Fort Worth, Texas 
  • 1943 Atelier 17 New School for Social Research, Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1945 BA, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York
  • 1958–62 Instructor, Painting and Drawing, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York
  • 1972–73 Instructor, Painting and Drawing, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas
  • 1972 Presented to her Majesty the Queen Mother at the presentation of a portrait by Brants, of Lady Reading to the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, London, England
  • 1990 Established printmaking studio in Granbury, Texas
  • 2006 Died in Fort Worth, Texas

 

Selected Prizes, Awards

•       Fort Worth Local: First Prize 1950, 1956; Prize 1947, 1952, 1956, 1957; Honorable Mention 1951

  • 1947 Third Prize, Rodeo Rider, oil
  • 1950 First Prize, Rooftops of Florence
  • 1951 Honorable Mention, A Refusal
  • 1952 Prize, Fort Worth in Winter
  • 1956 First Prize, River Town, oil and Print Award, Horse and Rider, woodcut
  • 1957 McVeigh Award, Bones, color woodcut

•       Southwestern Prints and Drawings: Purchase Prize 1952, 1957; Materials Prize 1951

  • 1951 Materials Prize, Deserted House, etching
  • 1952 Purchase Prize, New England Harbor, aquatint
  • 1957 Purchase Prize, Horse and Rider, woodcut

•       Texas General: Cash Prize 1956

  • 1956 Cash Prize, Flowers Near a Window, oil

Selected Exhibitions

•       1946 Fort Worth Local Artists Annual, Fort Worth Art Association Gallery, Public Library, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1947 10th Annual Tarrant County Local Artist Show, Fort Worth Art Association Gallery, Public Library, Fort Worth, Texas (3rd prize)

•       1948 10th Texas General Exhibition 1948–1949, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

•       1950 Cynthia Brants: Solo Show, Fort Worth Art Association Gallery, Public Library, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1950 Annual Tarrant County Local Artists Show, Fort Worth Art Association Gallery, Public Library, Fort Worth, Texas (1st prize)

•       1950 12th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1950–1951, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

•       1951 Exhibition of Five, Betty McLean Gallery, Dallas, Texas

•       1951 Annual Tarrant County Local Artists Show, Fort Worth Art Association Gallery, Public Library, Fort Worth, Texas (honorable mention)

•       1951 4th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (materials prize)

•       1951 Newcomers: First Showing of a New Generation, Downtown Gallery, New York, New York

•       1951 13th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1951–1952, circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

•       1952 5th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (purchase prize)

•       1952 Texas Wildcats Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

•       1952 14th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1952, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

•       1952 Texas Contemporary Artists, M. Knoedler & Company, New York, New York; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

•       1952 Fort Worth Local Artists Annual, Fort Worth Art Association Gallery, Public Library, Fort Worth, Texas (prize)

•       1953 15th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1953, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

•       1953 Cynthia Brants, Betty McLean Gallery, Dallas, Texas

•       1954 Young Collections 1954—Holiday Show, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

•       1954 Seventeen Years: An Exhibition of the First Prize Winners in the 17 Annual exhibitions of Work by Fort Worth Artists Held by the Fort Worth Art Association, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas (catalogue)

•       1955 The World Around Us: 100 Years of American Landscape, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

•       1956 6th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

•       1956 18th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1956–1957, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas (cash prize)

•       1956 Paintings and Prints by Cynthia Brants and David Brownlow, Texas Fine Arts Association, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

•       1956 20th Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Artists of Tarrant County, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas (2 entries: 1st prize and print award)

•       1956 Contemporary Art 1956 Invitational Exhibition, DD Feldman Collection, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1957 7th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (purchase prize)

•       1957 ‘Horse and Rider’ Exhibition, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1957 Survey of Painting in Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, circulated by American Federation of Arts (catalogue)

•       1957 21st Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Artists of Tarrant County, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas (print award)

•       1958 20th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1958-1959, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; TFAA, Laguna Gloria, Austin; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; San Angelo Art Center, San Angelo; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

•       1958 8th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

•       1959 22nd Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Artists of Tarrant County, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1959 Cynthia Brants: Solo Show, Fifth Avenue Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1959 Made in Texas by Texans, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheraton-Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

•       1959 A Selection from Fort Worth Collections, Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, Dallas, Texas

•       1960 Southwestern Art: A Sampling of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

•       1961 Paintings by Cynthia Brants, Fifth Avenue Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1963 Solo, Paintings, Prints, Drawings, Carlin Galleries, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1963 Young Collections 1963, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

•       1964-65 Cynthia Brants, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1967 Paintings by Cynthia Brants, Carlin Galleries, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1968 Sphere of Art in Texas, Texas Fine Arts Commission, Texas Pavilion, Hemisfair ‘68, San Antonio, Texas

•       1968 Watercolors, Drawings, Prints, and Small Sculptures from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Same Cantey, III, Fort Worth, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

•       1970 Guest Exhibition, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine

•       1970 Paintings and Prints by Cynthia Brants, Carlin Galleries, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1971 Paintings and Gravure by Cynthia Brants, Bodley Gallery, New York, New York

•       1971–72 Texas Painting and Sculpture: The 20th Century, Pollack Galleries, Owen Arts Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, traveled to: Witte Confluence Museum, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio; University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; The Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (catalogue)

•       1973 TWU Art Faculty Show, West Gallery, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

•       1974 20th Century Women in Texas Art, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin Texas

•       1975 Recent Works by Cynthia Brants, Carlin Galleries, Fort Worth, Texas

•       1986 Beyond Regionalism: The Fort Worth School (1945-1955), Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas

•       1992 Prints of the Fort Worth Circle, Huntington Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Texas

•       1994 From the Collection of John and Mary Lou Paxton, Richard Burritt Design

•       1996 A Point of View: Texas Women’s Painters 1900-1960, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas

•       2001 First Light: Local Art and the Fort Worth Public Library 1901–1961 . . A Centennial Exhibit, Fort Worth Central Library, Fort Worth, Texas (catalogue)

•       2005 Solo, Artistry in Layland Series, Layland Museum, Cleburne, Texas

•       2005 Celebrating Early Texas Art: Treasures from Dallas-Fort Worth Private Collections, 1900-1960, Fort Worth Community Center, Fort Worth, Texas (catalogue)

•       2006–07 Of This Vast State: Women Artists of Texas, 1900–1960, Women’s Museum, Dallas, Texas

•       2007 Solo, Beyond the Circle: Cynthia Brants, Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas

•       2008 Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (publication)

•       2008 Coda: Reilly Nail’s Last Chapter, Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas

•       2008 Early Texas Art, David Dike Fine Art, Dallas, Texas

•       2009 Solo, Off the Edge: The Experimental Prints of Cynthia Brants, Flatbed Galleries, Austin, Texas (catalogue)

•       2014 Regional Connotations: Two Modernists in Cowtown—Works on Paper by Cynthia Brants & Paintings by McKie Trotter, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

•       2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas

  • 2014 Texas Visions of an Earlier Time: An Exhibition of Historic Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

Selected Public Collections

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Madeira School, McLean, Virginia
  • Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, London, England

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