Anna Held Audette, “Horse,” drawing on paper

The Anna Held Audette Collection recently opened its fall exhibition at the New Haven Lawn Club in Connecticut, drawing focus to three distinct phases of the artist’s career when she experienced significant shifts in approach and interest.

On view from September 6 through October 28 at the New Haven Lawn Club are remarkable selections from the Anna Held Audette Collection. Among the artworks included are delicate, subtle drawings and prints on paper, in addition to lively, colorful oils on canvas.

Anna Held Audette, “Old New Haven,” oil on canvas

“This exhibition explores three distinct phases of Anna’s artistic career,” said curator Renee A. Santhouse. “Each of these phases is in a separate, adjacent room in the exhibition area. Moving from room to room, the viewer experiences the shift in the artist’s thinking and interests over time. Some of Anna’s artworks are premiering at this exhibition; they have never been on display in the past.”

Anna Held Audette, “Gold Tractor,” oil on canvas

Via the exhibition press release, “Anna was born in 1938, the daughter of Julius Held, an eminent art historian, and Ingrid Marta Held, the Conservator for the New York Historical Society. Since 1962, Anna Held Audette was a student, exhibiting artist and educator in New Haven. She met her future husband, Louis Audette, while they were both students at Yale University. Anna maintained her house and art studio in New Haven, with her husband and two daughters. Her artwork is in numerous public and private collections worldwide. An artist to the core, she painted and drew for many more years, almost every day of her life, until her demise in 2013.”

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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