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Annemarie Davidson
20th Century Modern Enamelist
German-American, (1920–September 24, 2012) Active as an enamellist since 1957, Annemarie Davidson has made functional objects - from plates and boxes to ashtrays, trivets, desk sets, and bookends- for over forty-five years. The artist works in a studio in her home in Sierra Madre, California, a small residential community east of Pasadena. Throughout her long and richly productive career, Davidson has created from intended for everyday use which she decorates with either spare abstract patterns of representational subjects. Davidson’s “jewels,” her most highly regarded enamel designs, are largely abstract, evoking simplified natural forms without specific references to any particular subject in nature. Over the years, Davidson has created and continues to create, a consistent but constantly varied body of work. She frequently uses pieces of glass of varying sizes to create free-form organic shapes which she calls “jewels” and which appear to float on the surface of a vessel or plaque. For many of her abstract compositions, she also uses a sgraffo technique, incising straight lines with the sharp point, presenting a linear counterpoint to the more fluid, organic and sculptural forms of the “jewel." Annemarie Davidson has collaborated with fellow artist Blaine Rath since 1959. Rath creates beautifully crafted boxes in a wide variety of works, especially walnut, maple, and rosewood, in which Davidson mounts her elegantly proportioned enamels. Throughout her career, the artist has also produced functional elements depicting popular subjects from animals and birds to flowers and landscapes in a more representational style. Davidson produces these works because of their broad market appeal. However, she considers her abstractions to be her most significant production.
Exhibition History
1958: "Decorative Arts and Ceramics Exhibition," Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas
1962: "California Design VIII," Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California
1960: "California Design VI," Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

1958: Studied enamels with Curtis Tann, Los Angeles, California
1957: Studied enamels with Doris Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1942: M. A., Economics, Columbia University, New York, New York
1941: B. A., Economics, New York University, New York, New York

1920, Berlin, Germany

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