After six decades of very private painting, Ms. [Carmen] Herrera sold her first artwork five years ago, at 89. Now, at a small ceremony in her honor, she was basking in the realization that her career had finally, undeniably, taken off.
Since that first sale in 2004, collectors have avidly pursued Ms. Herrera, and her radiantly ascetic paintings have entered the permanent collections of institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Tate Modern.
Her husband believed in her and supported her for 61 years. He died at the age of 98 a few years before she achieved her outward success. I bet he’s somewhere, looking on, pleased as punch.
You can read the whole story here. It’s delightful.