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This is the official site of the Folk art paintings and sculptures of Anne Strasberg, a French-American folk artist, self-taught, primitive-contemporary, sometimes called naive art, or folk art painter, whose gallery and base are in New York, and who has exhibited, and sold, her folk art work and sculptures in galleries and major art exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Carmel by the Sea, St. Louis, Japan, Spain, Quebec and Paris. Enjoy your visit!

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about Anne

Anne Strasberg is a French-American painter. When you look closely at her folk art paintings, you see the stories that Anne is telling with each painting. And, there is a more conscious and complex development of subject and color than is found in Naive, Folk, or Outsider, art. She mixes her own colors. They are not the primary, straight out of the tube colors used by most self-taught painters. Her skies have layering and depth. And, are more sophisticated than most of the artists that people compare her to. But, she is self-taught. But, it is difficult to place her in any of the categories used by critics, to separate, and define, painters.

She has most often been compared to Grandma Moses by serious patrons of the arts who have collected Anne's work, which is a great compliment. These collectors recognize the years of hard work and talent that we see in the deeply personal nature and technique in her work. Anne is a voyager, who lives and travels in the world. She paints what she sees, in different countries, as well as from her imagination. She does this in her own, personal way. But, the fact that the subjects of her paintings are very diverse, as well as the detail of her brush work, puts her outside of any of the traditional categories of Self-Taught painters, like Folk Art, Outsider, Naive-Primitive, Primitive-Modern, Intuitive, etc.

What her work shares with them, and with some great painters, like some of Picasso's work, and Chagall's, and The Douanier Rousseau, is the innocence of vision. In Folk, and other categories, this innocence is unconscious, and intuitive. In the great painters, like Picasso and Chagall, it is a conscious search for intuitive innocence. This is not meant, in any way, to compare her to these geniuses. Her work is her work. It is only meant to make the reader aware that innocence is not a lack of knowledge or understanding. But, for some artists, a conscious search for a pure, childlike, state of mind, Many artists seek to rediscover this state in themselves. And, in their work. Some, like Anne, are born with it. And, never lose it. Some folk art painters imitate, and pretend to have, innocence. Anne is neither an artist with the training, technique, and philosophy, that Picasso and Chagall, for example, have. Nor is she naive and unconscious of what she does. If we had to invent a label, other than just painter, we might say she is a reflective-intuitive. But, really, she is Anne Strasberg.

In 2012, Anne began sculpting. Strangely, her sculptures are very different in style from her painting. You can see them in the Sculpture Gallery

Anne has been exhibited in galleries and exhibitions in France, the United States, Japan, Israel and Spain. Her work can be found in calendars, and Christmas cards (UNICEF). For a full list, see her biography. Her work is sold in many galleries on the Internet, and from this website. And, beginning in 2013, she exhibits in her La P'tite Galerie in New York City, by appointment only. You can call for an appointment at 917 403-4409, or Email Appointment. She also exhibits at the Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs in Paris, France. And, in exhibitions, both individual and group, throughout the world. Again, see her biography.

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about naive painting

The most difficult thing about Anne's paintings is whether to label them Primitive-Contemporary, Naive, Folk Art, or Self-taught? She calls herself a self-taught, Primitive-Contemporary-Impressionist. Being French, of Celtic and Basque origins, she calls the United States, and France, home. She follows in the tradition of self-taught, itinerant, folk art, worker-artists. She shouldn't be confused with the many, wonderful, illustrator-painters, who, sometimes, successfully imitate the naive school. Many of these painters are neither self-taught, nor do they have the innocence of spirit, that is at the heart of all forms of truly primitive-contemporary, folk art. It is this innocence of spirit of the artist that defines true Primitives, whether they are called Naive, Primitive, Folk Art or Outsider.

Anne's favorite painters are the Douannier Rousseau, and the Impressionists. Collectors of her paintings often compare her to Grandma Moses. But, Anne's variety of subjects, and colors, and her skies, distinguishes her work from any other primitive, naive, folk artist, for collectors who are familiar with her work, and that of other primitve artists. Calling someone "naive" nowadays, can be either a compliment, meaning-natural, native, simple and credulous as a child, ingenuous; or, a criticism, meaning-artless, lacking critical ability or analytical insight, lacking worldliness or sophistication. Ethnicity, Afro-American, Native American Indian, or Outsider, avoids any possibility of the negative implication of naive. However, would we call the Dalai Lama, or an Amish person, or a Native American Indian naive, because of their ontological beliefs, or the way in which they perceive the world? No, in this context, naive comes closer to a purity of spirit, and an innocence, though these qualities are, sometimes, thought of as being an undesirable quality in an adult.

Many gallerists and connoisseurs comment on the variation of colors and light in her paintings. Some think it is a mistake, the result of being self-taught. However, Anne explains that she travels a lot. And, the light and color isn't the same in all the places where she finds subjects for her paintings. This subtle combination of imagination and skill is very unusual for a folk artist, confirmed when galleries sell the paintings to people who walk into the galleries where she is exposed, and recognize the country, or place, she paints, as being their home.

Painters, like all artists, transform the world. Their reflection on life, expressed in their art, makes us perceive the world with renewed perceptions, new eyes. Our world transforms through our interaction with them: Because, they change how we think about what we see.
Seeing life from the heart, through simple, honest eyes, makes the world a simple, joyous place, full of moments of simple innocence that make life worth living. Even if the subject is not gay, if it is presented innocently, naively, without the complexities, pains, and difficulties of life that we all experience. Once, in Anne's former gallery in Paris, she presented them with a painting that represented her, and her former sister-in-law, meeting in front of the cemetery at Montparnasse. They had made a date to visit the grave of Anne's former mother-in-law. The gallery's reaction was, "Oh, my God, no! That's not happy." But, someone fell in love with it, and the painting sold within a week.
I wouldn't confuse Naive, with stupidity, or artlessness. In Anne's case, it is a conscious choice. In looking at Anne's work, we need to understand that she is a rebel, who refuses to learn to see the world the way people expect her try to see it. You can label her whatever you like, especially if you recognize her work, and her world.

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curriculum vitae

1980
Began to paint
 
1981
Permanent exposition Hotel de France, Place du Marche, St. Pierre Sur Dives, Calvados
 
1982
Group exposition at the City Hall,Trouville-Deauville, Calvados France
 
1983
Ceiling mural representing the undersea world, for the swimming pool of the same Hopital Lapanouse Debre

Admitted for the first time to the Salon d'Automne, Grand Palais, Champs Elysee, Paris

Second prize in art naif (folk art), in a group exposition at the Galerie Art Vivant, at Roche Guiyon (Paris region)

Exposed permanently and first began to sell her work at Le Coup au Coeur, gallery located at 69 Quai de la Tournelle Paris 75005. Sold paintings and painted objects (trays, boxes, mail boxes, etc...)

Sold paintings to private buyers

 
1984
Mural with animal theme at restaurant La Fresque, rue Rambuteau, Paris 75001. This restaurant is known for its murals, painting by young artists

Four murals representing the four seasons cont. at a private hospital for children, Hopital Lapanouse Debre, at Antony (near Paris)

 
1985
Admitted by jury selection only to the Salon d' Automne at the annual exposition Grand Palais, Champs Elysee, Paris. This exposition is world famous as the starting place for many of the most famous names in painting (Rousseau, Bonnard, Derain, etc.). This salon exists since approximately 1900
 
1986-88
Original interior decoration of apartments in Paris, specializing in painting of children's rooms, furniture, and flower murals, bathrooms, etc...
 
1989
Invited to expose permanently at La Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, 9 Rue du Dragon Paris, France. The gallery has three theme expositions per year (i.e. Paris, landscapes, flowers)
 
1991
October group exposition at La Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs
 
1992
Invited to expose permanently at Bill W. Dodge Gallery, Carmel-by- the-Sea, California
 
1993
Invited to expose permanently at Bill W. Dodge Gallery, Astoria, Oregon Private exposition at Centro Cultural de Torrelodones (Madrid), Spain
 
1994
Permanent member of French group of painters Primitif Moderne (dit Naif)

Exposition of Salon Naif International, Mairie de Paris, France

 
1995
Invited to expose permanently at Galerie Bonheur, St. Louis, MO.

Exposition Centre Culturelle Les Amandiers (Paris)

Group exposition Primitif Moderne at Megeve, France

Group exposition Peintre du Spectacle, Maison Radio France, Paris

 
1996
Invited to expose permanently at ABC Carpet and Home's Toad Hall Exhibition in New York City

Group exposition Primitif Moderne at Chapelle St. Leonard, Croissy-sur-Seine (Paris)

Continued permanent group exposition at Galerie des Naif et Primitif, rue du Dragon 75006 Paris

Group exposition at Festival of Outsider Art Fair in New York City

 
1997
Continued permanent exposition at Galerie des Naif et Primitif, Paris: ABC Carpet and Home's Toad Hall Exhibition, New York City and Cooperstown, NY: Galerie Bonheur, St. Louis, Mo.

Group exposition at Outsider Art Fair in New York City

Private exposition in Pittsfield, MA.

 
1998
Continued permanent exposition at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, Galerie Bonheur, St. Louis, MO.

Group exposition at Outsider Art Fair in NYC, Atlanta Art Fair, Chicago.

Permanently exposed on the Internet (egallery.com/artists/anne strasberg) 

 
1999
Continued permanent exposition at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, Galerie Bonheur, St. Louis, MO.

Group exposition at Outsider Art Fair in NYC, Atlanta Art Fair, Chicago.

2000
Continued permanent exposition at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, Galerie Bonheur, St. Louis, MO.

Group exposition at Outsider Art Fair in NYC, Atlanta Art Fair, Chicago.

2001
Vacation in Brittany, permanently exposed at International Museum of Folk Art Yvon-M.Daigle, Quebec, Canada.

Creation of website, www.annestrasberg.com

Creation of dolls for dollhouses.

Invited to expose permanently at Frank J. Miele Gallery in New York City.

Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, Galerie Bonheur St Louis MO, ABC Carpet and Home's Toad Hall, New York City and Cooperstown, NY, Galerie International D'Art Naif Yvon M. Daigle at Magog, Québec, Canada, and Groupe International des Primitifs Modernes at L'atelier d'Art Naif de Marie-Jo at Dinard, France.

Group exhibition at Outsider Art Fair, New York, Atlanta Art Fair, Chicago.

2002
Continued exhibition at Galerie Bonheur, Frank J. Miele Gallery, Museum of Art Naif at Magog, Québec, egallery.com

Permanently exhibited at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, also internet.

2003
Continued permanent exhibition at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, Frank J. Miele Gallery in New York City, Galerie Bonheur, St. Louis MO.

Group exhibition at Outsider Art Fair, Puck Building, New York City, various group exhibitions in Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis, Vail CO.

 
2004
Private exhibition at Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich CT

Calendars in Japan (Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France)

Group exhibitions at Outsider Art Fair, NYC, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, New Orleans, Greenwich CT (Flinn Gallery)

Continued exhibition at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, Frank J. Miele Gallery, New York City, Galerie Bonheur, St. Louis MO

 
2005
Invited to expose permanently at GINA Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Selected for UNICEF Christmas cards

Calendar for Germany

Private exhibition at Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich CT

Private commissions for Canada and the United States

Continued exhibition at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France

 
2006
Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, GINA Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Opened Atelier Anne Strasberg at 555 8th Avenue, suite 403, New York City

Selected for UNICEF cards

Private exhibition at Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich CT

 
2007
Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, GINA Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel Calendar for Japan

Selected for UNICEF

Private commissions in the United States

Private exhibition at Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich CT

 
2008
Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, GINA Gallery, New York City and Tel Aviv, Atelier Anne Strasberg Several Calendars for Japan

Selected for UNICEF

Private exhibiton May and December at Atelier Anne Strasberg

2009
Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, and Gina Gallery, New York and Tel Aviv

Calendars for Japan

Painting selected for UNICEF Christmas Cards.

 
2010
Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, and GINA Gallery, Tel Aviv

Calendars for Japan

Seclected for UNICEF Christmas Cards

2011
Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, and GINA Gallery, Tel Aviv

Selected for UNICEF Christmas Cards

Began studying sculpure at The Art Students League, NYC, with Jonathon Shawn

2012
Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France, and GINA Gallery, Tel Aviv

UNICEF Christmas Cards

Elected member of Art Students Leauge, NYC

2013
Opening of Anne Strasberg's La P'tite Galerie, 555 8th Avenue, suite 2310, NY 10018, Permanent exhibitions, by invitation and by appointment

Bi-annual open exhibitions in May and October

Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France

UNICEF Christmas Cards

Postcards by Carte d'Artes, Paris

Solo exhibition at Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich CT

Exclusive calendars published in Japan

2014
Begins exhibiting sculptures at Art Students League, NYC, and La P'tite Galerie

Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France and La P'tite Galerie

Bi-annual solo open exhibitions at La P'tite Galerie in May and November

UNICEF Christmas Cards, Calendars in Japan, Postcards by Carte d'Artes, Paris

2015

Permanent exposition of painting and sculpture at Anne Strasberg's La P'tite Galerie

 

Bi-annual solo exhibitions at La P'tite Galerie in April and December

 

Solo exhibitions at La Maison du Peintre Gilles Fabre, Conflans-en-Jarnisy, Lorraine, France. La Mairie de Baccharat, Lorraine, France, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts

 

UNICEF Christmas Cards, Calendars in Japan, Postcards by Carte d'Artes, Paris

 

Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris France

 

Continued work at Art Students League of NYC

 

2016

 

Permanent exposition of painting and sculpture at Anne Strasberg's La P'tite Galerie

 

Bi-annual exhibitions at La P'tite Galerie in April and December

 

Permanently exposed at Galerie des Naifs et Primitifs, Paris, France

 

Solo exhibition at Christmas at Roundhill Community Church, Greenwich, CT

 

Custom order of Bio-Paintings of a family

 

Postcards by Carte d'Artes, Paris, France

 

UNICEF Christmas Cards

 

Calendars in Japan

 

Continued working at Art Students League of NYC

 

 

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custom order paintings

Anne Strasberg - Folk ArtistCustom Order Paintings are priced according to size. Each painting is one of a kind, and will be delivered with a frame. The painting will be conceived and designed by Anne Strasberg. The example shown, Gabrielle, is 11X14. Anne Strasberg's creation was based on a photo of Gabrielle, and a conversation with the buyer.

Please visit La P'tite Galerie for more information and purchase.

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custom order dolls

Anne Strasberg Folk ArtistDolls are in 1/12 scale. Dolls are one of a kind, made entirely by Anne Strasberg. Each doll is made from scratch. No molds are used. They are completely made by hand, clothing included, and they are posable (they stand alone, sit, and can be placed in a particular pose. Models shown are one of a kind. No duplication is made. The doll you purchase will be unique, within the same range of colors for the hair and clothing, but the face and hands will be slightly different. Anne Strasberg Folk ArtistIf you are interested in a complete doll's house, with its own family, and you have a little patience, you will have a one-of-a-kind family home.

View Custom Made Dolls

To order or inquire about a custom doll(s), visit La P'tite Galerie.

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the paintings

You can view Anne's Gallery in it's entirety in our online Store by clicking here.
Or in our online Gallery

doll gallery

The doll you purchase will be unique, within the same range of colors for the hair and clothing, but the face and hands will be slightly different. If you are interested in a complete doll's house, with its own family, and you have a little patience, you will have a one-of-a-kind family home.

la p'tite galerie

La P'tite Galerie is located in the heart of the Times Square area of New York, at 555 8th Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, suite 2310. On the 23rd floor, La P'tite Gallery is a gallery in the sky! Atelier Anne Strasberg, and La P'tite Gallery, share the space with John Strasberg Studios, a theater/studio belonging to her husband, John Strasberg, the international director/teacher. Click here to see photos and a video of the space. La P'tite Galerie measures 9'X12', and is located in the entrance to the studio, so that it has easy and continual access. The gallery, as you can see from the photos, is large enough for many types of exhibitions. The studio has a kitchen, and other spaces that may be used for exhibitions and events, so it can accomodate different kinds of exhibitions and events, like photos or sculpture. If you are interested in viewing Anne's work, which is permanently exposed, or seeing the space, you can visit by appointment only, either by email Anne Strasberg or by calling 1 917 403-5004. If you are interested in renting for an exhibition, you can see the prices by going to the following link John Strasberg Studios-La P'tite Galerie Rental Prices. Do not pay before contacting us and confirming availability. If you are interested in renting for an exhibition, you can see the prices by going to the following link John Strasberg Studios-La P'tite Galerie Rental Prices. Please do not pay before confirming availability by contacting us.

 

 

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