Hortense Gordon (1887-1961)
"Tea set" 1921
Tea Pot with lid; Sugar with lid; Cups and saucer; Creamer
Hand painted Porcelain
Signed on Bottom
Hortense Gordon, painter (born 24 November 1886 in Hamilton, ON; died 6 November 1961 in Hamilton).
Hortense Gordon was one of two female founding members of the Ontario-based group of abstract artists known as Painters Eleven. Like the other members of Painters Eleven, Gordon was influenced by Abstract Expressionism. She also taught design and applied arts, such as ceramics, at a technical school in Hamilton for many years.
Gordon became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1908, and she was elected an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1930. She was also involved in the Hamilton Women’s Art Association. During the 1930s she co-organized with her husband an informal speakers series, inviting leading artists and writers to give talks at the Women’s Art Committee’s meetings. In addition to painting and teaching at the Hamilton Technical School, Gordon also took on an additional teaching position at Hamilton’s Ontario Training College for Technical Teachers. Gordon’s husband retired in 1935 due to poor health, and Gordon was appointed head of the art department. She remained in the post until she retired in 1951.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/hortense-gordon