Still Life with Blossom and Tulips, c. 1930s
Oil on canvas
24 x 19 inches
Whitford Fine Art, London
Note: 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. In 1928, she helped to found the ‘Artistes Indépendents bordelais’ as a counter-movement against traditional Academism. Under her influence Bonnard, Braque, Utrillo, Matisse and Picasso all submitted paintings to its yearly exhibitions. In 1929, Bendall was also a founding member of ‘Le Studio’, a free and loosely grouped academy, much in the spirit of the legendary ‘Académie de la Grande Chaumière’ in Paris and the first to provide life-drawing classes in Bordeaux.