Edna Andrade, Moonrise
I find myself in the ancient tradition of all those anonymous artisans. Artists have always used the powerful archetypes -the circle, the triangle, the square, the pentagon and endowed them with symbolic content.
In Moonrise, Andrade paints with a rich palette of graduated colors and builds her composition with a series of squares, triangles, and circles.
Andrade studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. She concentrated on landscapes in a painting class led by the great Pennsylvania impressionist Daniel Garber and was introduced to European modernism by Henry McCarter, whose works are also on view at Woodmere and who encouraged her to take additional classes at the Barnes Foundation.
Andrade taught for more than three decades at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). In 1996 she received the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching of Art Award.