Mathilde de Cordoba, born in 1875, was an artist from New York. She was most recognized for her portraits of children, but she was also known for her dry point etchings in color. Specializing in painting and printmaking, Cordoba studied at the Shinnecock Summer School and the Art Student League of New York. She held membership in many organizations, such as the New York Women’s Art Club, National Association of Women Artists, and the National Association of Women Painters/Sculptors. Her work was featured in exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Association of Women Artists, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915, Pen and Brush Club, and the National Academy of Design. De Cordoba’s Provincetown is a loosely etched print of what appears to be a small village nestled amongst trees on a hillside overlooking a body of water located on the outermost tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Provincetown was the location of America’s oldest continuous art colony, and like many other artists, Cordoba was drawn here for inspiration. In this Provincetown scene, the viewpoint of the scene is from higher up on the hillside, allowing the viewer an elevated view of the lower area. The grass along the hillside and in other areas of the print is done in a free manner. The crosshatched ‘scribbled’ trees and other vegetation are not realistically drawn. The darker splotches of vegetation on the left side of the piece draw the eye in first, then guide it down the hill at an inclined slope toward the grouping of buildings, as the value of the dark area lessens. The five or six buildings appear to be two stories tall and rest upon an inclined slope. In the distance, the horizon line meets the land across a bay of water. A sailboat in the left corner draws the viewer’s attention to explore that area of the piece as well. The sky is acknowledged through the faintly crosshatched clouds in the sky, and small birds fly through the upper right hand corner. In this piece, Cordoba reveals a landscape that was a popular choice for illustration during the Depression.
Kaitlin Costley. "Mathilde de Cordoba." Carrollton Collects: Prints from the WPA. Carrollton, GA: Department of Art, University of West Georgia, 2011. Print.
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