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GEOFFREY HOLDER (1930 - 2014) Mother and Child.
Oil on masonite board, 1956. 1181x381 mm; 46 1/2x15 inches. Signed in lower right.
Provenance: private collection, New York.
This beautiful portrait is a scarce, early painting by Geoffrey Holder. Born in Trinidad in 1930, Holder moved to New York City in 1952 after being invited to teach choreography at the Katherine Dunham School of Dance. By 1954 he had his first successful one-man show in New York at the Barone Gallery, and won a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts in 1956. Despite his talent as a painter, Holder is best known as an actor and dancer - he was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet from 1955-56. He also had many roles as actor in movies. He was also a costume designer for Prodigal Prince (1967), The Wizard of Oz (1975), and Firebird (1982). His artwork has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Museum of the City of New York, the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University and the Barbados Museum.