For Love of Nature: Brazilian Flora and Fauna in Watercolor by Etienne, Rosália and Yvonne Demonte
22 April – 19 July 1985
This exhibition included 45 gouache and watercolor paintings of plants and animals from the Brazilian forests by Etienne (1931–2004), Rosália (1932–2009) and Yvonne Demonte. The artists, who lived in Petrópolis (near Rio de Janeiro), took several trips each year into the forests to search for the subjects of their paintings. Etienne specialized in birds while his sisters preferred plants with insects or mammals. Etienne was the color illustrator of the two-volume Aves do Brasil (Birds of Brazil) and Beija-flores do Estado do Espírito Santo (Hummingbirds of the state of Espírito Santo). Works by the artists also appeared on stamps issued by the Brazilian Post Office. This exhibition was the first in North America for the three artists. After its run at the Institute, the show traveled to Wave Hill at Bronx, New York (17 February–4 May 1986) and to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. (14 November 1986–4 January 1987) . A catalogue and poster accompanied the catalogue.