DOROTHY EISNER, Late Expressionist Paintings

24 March – 30 April, 2005

ACME Fine Art’s Spring season will open with an exhibition vibrantly colorful canvases painted by Dorothy Eisner. The exhibition will commence with a reception between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday 24 March 2005, and will run through 30 April 2005.

Dorothy Eisner’s painting career spanned more than seven decades. It began in the teens when she won several children’s drawing contests. Then, as a teenager she attended the “Arts High School” (Ethical Cultural High School) in New York City. In 1924 Eisner began her studies at the Art Students League where she studied with Boardman Robinson and Kenneth Hayes Miller. In the late 1920s Eisner took three lengthy trips to France, studying briefly at the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere in Paris. The influence of Matisse and Cezanne in her work is evident from this period forward.

Long active in avant-garde art circles in Cranberry Island, Maine, and New York City, Eisner served on the Board of the Society of Independent Artists in the 1930s, having been nominated by John Sloan. In 1941, along with Ilya Bolotowsky, Susie Frelinghuysen, G.L.K. Morris, Adolph Gottlieb, and Mark Rothko she co-founded the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. Then, in the 1950s Eisner studied with Jack Tworkov, and her work became both more expressive and abstract as a result of Tworkov’s influence. While these influences may be important, they in no way diminish the strength of Eisner’s unique artistic vision.

Dorothy Eisner’s work has been exhibited at the Salons of America, the Society of Independent Artists, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, the New York World’s Fair (1939), the New York Society of Women Artists, the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, and the Brooklyn Museum. The most recent museum exhibition of her work occurred in 1992, when the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland Maine mounted a solo exhibition titled: Dorothy Eisner: Paintings and Collages.

For ACME Fine Art’s first solo exhibition of paintings by Dorothy Eisner gallery director David Cowan has elected to focus on work from the 1970s and 1980s. This was a lively and productive period for the artist. The resultant canvases are boldly expressed and brilliantly colorful. They reveal Eisner’s great confidence with the medium and express an infectious joi-de-vivre that delights the eye.

ACME Fine Art is located at 38 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay.. Gallery hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday. For further information please contact the gallery at 617 585 9551 or at

Artist Biography: Dorothy Eisner



Art Students League
Academie Grand Chaumiere, Paris


Society of Independent Artists
National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors (founding)


Edith Penman Memorial Prize, 50th Annual Exhibition of the National
Association of Women Painters and Sculptors


Salons of America, 1931, 1932, 1933
Society of Independent Artists, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1934, 1935
National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, 1935, 1938, 1939
New York Society of Women Artists, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1941
World’s Fair, New York, 1939
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1947, 1949, 1955, 1963, 1976
The Brooklyn Museum, 1975
New York University, 1980
Farnsworth Museum, 1992 (solo)


Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Farnsworth Museum
Museum of the College of the Atlantic
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
Harvard University
Wichita State University
Colby College Museum
Bryn Mawr College
Monhegan Island Museum
Central Wyoming Museum of Art
University of Lethbridge, Alberta
University of Southern Illinois