San Francisco

Dame Cosmy

Maxwell Galleries

Dame Cosmy was born in Greece and died, an octogenarian, in San Francisco. She began painting late in life and adopted a “folk primitive” style, curiously resembling that of Grandma Moses and devoid of any traces of Byzantine heritage or of the contemporary folk art of Greece. The subject matter of most of her exhibits is retrospections of her childhood on the Greek Island of Poros and of her European travels. As the genre goes, her work is colorful and “charming,” but lacks the enduring appeal of humor and crispness that Grandma Moses assimilated from the rural folk art of New England.

Outstanding among this gallery’s informally exhibited “dealers miscellany” are an exquisite water-color study of trees by Andre Derain and one of the original watercolor and ink drawings executed in 1930 by Dalí for Marie Sandoz’ book Das Haus Ohne Fenster

Palmer D. French