MILDRED BENDALL French/British, 1891-1977
Born in Bordeaux Mildred Bendall trained as a painter during 1910–1914 at the atelier of local painter Félix Carme. Her early work Coin de Salon Bordelais won a first prize in the 'Peinture au Palmarès de l'Union Féminine de Bordeaux'.
Bendall’s early paintings emulate the ‘Chardinesque’ style of her tutor, but nonetheless, show her solid grounding in drawing technique and composition, which later earned her the respect of such artists like Henri Matisse and Albert Marquet.
In 1920 Bendall gained admission to the ‘Salon des Artistes Français’ in Paris which prompted her move to Paris during 1927–1928. It was the time at the ‘Académie de la Grande Chaumière’ in Montparnasse, where the painters of the École de Paris’ congregated, that transformed her style.
Her friendship with Matisse, in particular, left a lasting influence on Bendall and her work. She adopted to great effect his ‘Fauve’ ideas on colour as building blocks for form and space. Although Bendall never married, Jean-Gérard Matisse, the son of the painter, did propose to her.
Under Matisse’s guidance, Bendall became an active force of the avant-garde in Bordeaux and built a real exchange between the provincial capital and Paris.
On her return to Bordeaux in 1928, Bendall helped to found the the 'Société des Artistes Indépendants' as a counter-movement against traditional Academism. Under her influence Bonnard, Braque, Utrillo, Matisse all submitted paintings to its yearly exhibitions.
In 1929, Bendall was also a founding member of ‘Le Studio’, a free and loosely grouped academy, which gathered young aspiring Bordelaise artists, and first to provide life-drawing classes in Bordeaux.
In 1937, the Galerie de Paris exhibited Bendall’s work in ‘Jeune France’, alongside paintings by Kees Van Dongen, Max Jacob and Raoul Dufy.
Public collections include:
Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
2009, Mildred Bendall, Galerie du Post-Impressionism, Paris, France.
2008, Mildred Bendall (1891-1977): a Retrospective Exhibition, Partridge Fine Art, Lonon.
1998, Mildred Bendall: Exhibition of Selected Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, Whitford Fine Art, London.
1996, A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Mildred Bendall, Whitford Fine Art, London.
1987, Mildred Bendall: An Exhibition of Selected Works from the Artist's Studio, Whitford and Hughes, London.
1981, Mildred Bendall 1891-1978: Rétrospective, Peintures, Société Artistique de la ville de Mérignac, Mérignac , France.
1961, Galerie du Fleuve, Bordeaux, France (Studies of Eyzies Grottos).
1960, Peintures récentes de Mildred Bendall, Galerie du Fleuve, Bordeaux, France.
1958, Mildred Bendall, Galerie de l'Ami des Lettres, Bordeaux, France.
1955, Mildred Bendall, Galerie de l'Ami des Lettres, Bordeaux, France.
1954, Bendall, Bateaux-Bouquets, Galerie de l'Ami des Lettres, Bordeaux, France.
1951, Mildred Bendall, Galerie de l'Ami des Lettres, Bordeaux, France.
1942, Bendall, Galerie Chappe-Lautier, Toulouse, France.
1937, 25 Bouquets de Mildred Bendall, Galerie de Paris, Paris, France.