For your consideration, an original circa 1935 pencil drawing of Provincetown, Massachusetts by the noted 20th Century American Artist, Helen Gapen Oehler (1893-1979). The drawing is in excellent vintage condition with no stains, or foxing (stains to matt, no damage to drawing) and measures 18 ¼” x 14 ¼” (58cm x 48cm original period frame). Signed in pencil with additional signature in ink (hidden by matt). Notations on verso “Provincetown, 1935”. Best known for her landscapes, seascapes, views of nature as well as paintings of scenes from global travel, Oehler is considered a progressive impressionist. She painted in the world, Midwest and eastern coast, some California. Helen Gapen Oehler was born in 1893 in Ottawa Illinois. She was bright and at an early began to paint. Helen Oehler attended and graduated from the University of Illinois in art and teaching and was in the Chi Omega sorority. She then went on to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated with honors. She added further studies in New York, Provincetown, Cape Cod and with Jules Lefevre in Paris. She first met George Elmer Browne, artist and teacher and National Academician, at the School of the Chicago Art Institute and went on to work in his studios in New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts. She went and studied with George Elmer Browne in his studios in New York and Provincetown, Mass.
Memberships and Exhibitions: American Artists Professional League American Watercolor Society Allied Artists of America Audubon Artists New Jersey Water Color Society Painters and Sculptor of New Jersey Ridgewood Art Association National League of American Penwomen Asbury Society of Fine Arts National Association of Women Artists Provincetown Art Association Artists Associates of America Mill Valley Artists Society of Western Artists
Exhibition and Prizes: National Academy of Design, New York Salon D'Automne of Paris Salon des Artistes Francais, Paris. High Museum, Atlanta Georgia Art Institute of Dayton Ohio Findley Galleries, Chicago Contemporary Arts World's Fair 1945 World Fair, Prize for the Smithy series and Last Blacksmith in New England. Federation of Arts Traveling Show of Washington DC University of San Francisco De Young Museum of San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts of San Francisco Walter P. Chrysler Permanent Collection Anchorage Fine Arts Museum The Hall of Justice in San Francisco Carmel Valley Gallery Perry House in Monterey Pacific Grove Art Center and Museum
Served the Art community in executive capacity: National Director of American Art Week New Jersey State Art Chairman Vice President Audubon Artists American Watercolor Society executive member of the board Allied Artists of America-executive board member Chairman, Artist Associates
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