This is an ORIGINAL WORK, not a print, by the famous American artist EDNA HIBEL (PLOTKIN), recently deceased at age 97 in Florida. The painting of two young figures, one evidently playing a lute-like instrument, is a mixed media work (oil and watercolor) on silk which has been laid down to a Masonite panel. It measures 29" by 17" (37" by 25" framed including a linen liner). Hibel was born in Boston of Jewish parentage and educated in art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. Her early affinity for drawing expanded to a gallery on Newbury Street in Boston, (summers in Rockport, MA) and eventually to a gallery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach Florida. In 1956 she began in lithography and her sentimental images of children were reproduced onto plates, playing cards and other objects, leading to a successful commercial business. A museum of her work was opened in Palm Beach in 1977 (since moved to the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, FL). Hibel's imagery and reputation as a promoter of peace made her wildly popular to international audiences, resulting in any number of awards and wide recognition around the world from a wide variety of institutions and individuals including the Pope and Queen of England. A rare opportunity to acquire a true original work as opposed to the much more common pencil signed lithographs. The buyer may wish to reframe, or, perhaps, better yet (to maintain the mid century presentation of the work), simply replace the water-stained original linen liner while keeping the frame.
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