PAIR of gouache paintings, one 10" by 10 1/2", the other 11 1/4" by 10 1/2" (21" by 20" and 19 1/2" by 19 1/2" as identically framed in birdseye maple), each bearing a placard, one work identified as "House in Saratoga Springs", the other "Band Stand at Kinderhook". The placards also include "Courtesy of Standard Oil of New Jersey". These drawings are very fresh and clean and along with their attractive quality frames are ready for the wall. The artist, HELEN FEDERICO (1921-2012) had a long career in graphic design, illustration, and painting. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, she worked for an advertising agency, where she met her husband to be, Gene Federico, a well known "art director's art director", to use a phrase by which he was described, at his death. Alexey Brodovich, known for introducing modern graphic design, was an influential figure to Helen. In the early 1950's she moved to Pound Ridge, New York (Westchester County) and set about on an independent career, working for major New York clientele including Museum of Modern Art, IBM, Glamour, Fortune, and Doubleday. The Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) maintains a collection of her works.
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