TIMELINE of LIFE EVENTS

 

and

 

INVENTORY of ART WORKS

 

of

 

 

Signature

 

 

1872 to 1955

 

 

PRAIRIE WAIF     STAR CHILD

 

 


"Prairie Child" aka "Star-Child" 1926
8.5" x 9" chiaroscuro woodcut

"Prairie Child" aka "Star-Child" 1928
woodcut for "Migratory Urge"

     A child, she would run
     at evening in the dust
     of the prairie road;
     Dust still warm where the sun
     had rolled, running, between stars. . .

MigratoryUrge (1928)     
Helen West Heller        

 

Gifted in nearly all of the pictorial arts • drawing • watercolor • oil painting • tempera • fresco • mosaic • sculpture • lithography • screen printing • illustration & book arts • Helen West Heller's greatest artistic achievement was in the medium of woodcut and wood engraving.

 

"I begin thinking in terms of the wood; only this way can original creation take place. I am a forerunner in the development of composition into a phase of psychology, by discovering ways of conveying emotions through abstractions. My product is completely creative; entirely divorced from the motive of conveying authors' images."

Helen West Heller

 

 

Helen West Heller has lived the life of a full blooded personality striving and fighting for an artistic ideal . . . Far too little is known even among artists about this amazing woman.

Dr. Ernst Harms, November, 1957

 

 

STORY STABS CONSCIENCE

In 1944 and 1949, Mrs Helen West Heller received a prize from the Library of Congress for her distinguished woodcuts, which are also displayed in the Smithsonian Institute and in several big American museums and college collections around the country. She had published her first book of woodcuts in 1928. She was 83 years old when she died – in New York’s Bellevue Hospital. Her body remained unclaimed for ten days while city welfare agencies tried to locate members of her immediate family. She had none. She had been sick and living alone on meager public relief in a run-down section of the city.

Helen West Heller has lived the life of a full blooded personality striving and fighting for an artistic ideal. The plight of American artists who cannot sell enough works at high enough prices to provide for their old age has seldom been seriously discussed even by the great foundations and institutions concerned with promoting America’s cultural growth. The bitter fate of a recognized American artist who died lonely, sick helpless and penniless, in a county where her works remain cherished should at least serve to stab a conscience here and there and produce not tears, but action.

Biddeford Maine Journal
Editorial, Page 4
January 31, 1956

 

 

 

Bowl and book woodcut for Migratory Urge, 1928

above: "Bowl and Book" Helen West Heller woodcut (1928)
woodcut from "Migratory Urge" (pg 53)
below: "Beggared" (1928)
poem from "Migratory Urge" (pg 52)
2015, © private collection (3)

Beggared woodcut for Migratory Urge, 1928

 

 

The fact is one sees with different eyes / at different times. One sees differently / in the Morning than in the Evening. // The way one sees is also dependent / upon one’s state of mind and how one otherwise / feels.” - Edvard Munch

from The Illustrated Journal (MM T 2761) of Edvard Munch

 

 

My passion for the woodcuts and wood engravings of Helen West Heller began in 1974, when, by chance, I purchased a signed, limited-edition of her book, Woodcuts U.S.A., from a second-hand bookshop at Echo Bridge, Newton, MA. I was immediately smitten by her use of patterns, compact bold compositions, and quality of her carving of the small woodcuts - later, I became obsessed and impressed by her tragic, yet heroic life story.

As a professional artist, my passion for Heller's difficult life and struggle to create her way into art, was one that most likely only another artist could appreciate; my passion can from my heart and feelings, not as an intellectual pursuit, scholarly research or even to profit financially from. I was amazed by the size of her creative output and the power and originality of her graphic work; as an art administrator and educator, I felt the desire to share my enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, this extraordinary and nearly forgotten woman's life and artwork.

As an independent curator and the director of an art gallery in Wellesley, MA, I had the opportunity in 2003 to organize and curate the first significant retrospective of Helen West Heller, since her death in 1955. Items on display were drawn from three commercial galleries and two private collections; with over fifty woodcuts, executed from 1924 to 1953, plus illustrated books, a painting and copper relief. A selection of Helen West Heller's letters, writings on woodcutting and other archival materials were also on display.

Following the Wellesley exhibition, I began work on a comprehensive Helen West Heller Website - the first extensive resource on the internet with a narrative of Heller's life and an ongoing inventory of her art and resources.

I hope you enjoy your visit here - that you leave with an appreciation of the life and art of Helen West Heller; return often . . I'd certainly appreciate knowing your reactions to what is here and any additional information or images of the artist andr her artwork, you would be willing to share with us . . . thank you.

Scattergood-Moore

 

 

ON-LINE SINCE 1994

 

 

Helen West Heller struggled financially most of her life. She had limited instruction in visual art and may have learned carving from her father; her first woodcut was carved at age 47 in Chicago; three years later, at 60, she moved to a New York City, determined to finally make a successful career as an artist. Heller received a fair amount of good publicity and positive reviews in Chicago and NYC, but she did not sale enough paintings or prints to live comfortably. Heller never achieved the public recognition she deserved and longed for. At the same time, she had close supportive friends and some patrons who appreciated her special talents and creativity that she befriended and corresponded with.

 

Before finding Helen West Heller's book Woodcuts U.S.A. I had never seen or heard of her artwork; nor seen an her woodcuts or lithographs displayed in museums or commercial galleries; there was very little written about her in art-related books and publications - especially those emphasizing women artists, WPA art and social activists, and woodcut artists. techniques, and printing-making. Eventually I found two articles on her life and art by Dr. Ernst Harms. *
* Before immagrating to the US, Dr. Harms communicated with another giant of early 20th century printmaking, the Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch.

 

 

IF YOU USE OUR INFORMATION
please be kind enough to give us credit the

The Helen West Heller website is dedicated to original source images and related source material and biographical information on farmer, poet, painter, social activist, and woodcutter and engraver - Helen West Heller - born Helena S. Barnhart somewhere in Rushville and raised in Canton, Illinois. If there is information here that is not accurate or lacks proper attribution, please, let us know.

 

 

 

RETIREMENT • LSD ART SALE!

Gail and Leonard Davenport have been good friends of mine since we worked together on an exhibition of Helen West Heller's woodcuts in January of 2003. Leonard's interest in Heller was most likely formed by his mother's acquaintance with the artist near the end of her life. Leonard's mother supported the artist by purchassing some woodcuts and paintings.

The Davenports have been in the antique and fine art business since the early 1970s. They have participated in art and antique shows on the East Coast and in Chicago. They have had galleries on the North Fork and in East Hampton. NY.

Now, in semi-retirement, Gail and Leonard have moved back to Bridgehampton and work by appointment there from mid-May to mid-October. Their retirement has allowed them to lower prices on their current stock from 40-80%. Take a look online at some of their favorite works of art FOR SALE

 

 

THIS SITE IS A LIVING DOCUMENT

updated as new biographical & artworks are discovered

For more information and/or corrections to existing text and images, contact the Helen West Heller Network, founder, project director and editor,

SCATTERGOOD-MOORE

 

 


 

 

 


"Witchfire" (1950), wood engraving, © 2015, private collection (3)
"Buzzard and Dove" (1950), 4.25" x 6.25" woodcut, © 2015, private collection (3)

 

 


"Flight" (1950), wood engraving, © 2015, private collection (3)
"Protective" (1951), 4.25" × 6.25" woodcut, © 2015, private collection (3)

 

 

 

Helen West Heller Website

 

 

The HELEN WEST HELLER NETWORK is not supported by grants, institutions, donations, or advertising. It has been created and maintained - free to the public for over twenty (20) years - entirely at the cost of the artist and educator, Scattergood-Moore; and hosted on his server. The goal of the Helen West Heller Network has been to bring to professional art institutions and the general public information on, and an appreciation of, the extraordinary art and life of Helen West Heller (HWH); by cataloging all her known artwork and to place them within a biographical and historical timeline.

 

". . . it is remarkable how little I could find out about Heller until Scattergood-Moore came along

. . . it should be noted that he certainly put her back on the artistic radar where she clearly belongs."

 

 

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: The original text documents and images on this website are the intellectual property of the artist, Scattergood-Moore and the webmaster, PantherProUSA. The copyrighted images and materials are presented under the Fair Use Provision of the Copyright Act and are presented for noncommercial and educational purposes only. Reproduction or distribution of this material, without explicit permission, is unlawful unless you are distributing the text and images for free and without charge. If you use an image for any educational and/or noncommercial purpose, please provide a link to this site and/or mention this site's address: helen-west-heller.com

 

All CITATIONS of TEXTS and GRAPHICS on the Helen West Heller Webpage and the Helen West Heller Timeline should include the following information: Author, Title, Print publication (if known) and URL of the specific text or graphic; Title and URL of the Helen West Heller Network; and the date the document was retrieved.
For example: MacNamdara, John, "Berry Picker," The Nation, Vol. 139, No. 3610 (Sept. 12, 1934), New Deal Network, newdeal.feri.org (January 1, 1998).

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". . . this particular work done by Helen West Heller, depicting her working at her art table. A friend of mine owns this item and 236 other sketches and works by Helena Barnhart aka Helen West aka Helen West Heller… The collection includes many sketches from early in Helen's artistic career. . . Her ink sketches are superb and show that she had a natural talent for perspective, and body form. Much of the work comes from a time before she heavily involved herself in block printing...

"These pieces have been in my friend's family for the last half century. I believe that an article you wrote mentioned a L a r r y S t a n f e l. He photographed . . . many pieces of this collection [were photographed] eight or ten years ago after a lucky happenstance allowed [the photographer] to track down my friend who lives about ninety miles from Chicago. . .

Franklin J. Meine was an editor [in Chicago] who helped Heller in preparing and putting into print one of her books [Migratory Urge, 1928]. …it appears that Heller gave sketches and miscellaneous art to Meine. However, it also appears that Mrs. Meine took the art, put it in a box, and stored it in a shed at the summer home, possibly for as long as 30 years.. [It is not known if this was an act of spousal revenge - facilitated by rumors that her husband "and Mrs. Heller were engaged in some sort of intimacy or infatuation in their relationship."] Being left out in the winter cold and summer heat was not kind to many of the pieces which have surface foxing and show deterioration. in the 1960's [Mrs. Meine] sold off much of what was stored in the shed, ...

Heller often used both sides of her [paper for] art, and often affixed glue to the unwanted side to mount a piece on some type of backer board or paper. . . the back of the piece [of a woman drawing at table] has a superb drawing of a young girl in a rose garden. . . Apparently she didn't like it and glued it to mount on some type of backing and the brownish stain of the glue inhibits the image. I attempted to digitally remove some of the brown of the glue/paste but this cannot be done without losing some of the drawing.

Heller definitely deserved better than what she got out of life as an artist and as an independent woman ahead of her time.

I'm attaching images of the front, back, and altered back of this drawing. . ."

w.w. (email: 12-14-2014)


 

 



INTRODUCTION

   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1872-1921

 

EARLY YEARS     

 

 

DATE

LOCATIONS

SELECTED INFORMATION

IMAGES

 

1872-1891

Rushville, Illinois
Canton, Illionois

 

 

 

 

 

 

1872

Rushville, Illinois

Birth of Helena S. Barnhart

 

 

 

 

 

Helena S. Barnhart born in October, 1872
or Hellen S. Barnhart (1880 United States Federal Census)
of mixed South-German/English parentage,
on a small farm in the town of Rushville, in the
western county of Schuyler, Illinois.
She was the daughter of:
• Washington Miller Barnhart (b. 1843, PA ),
   a farmer and carver of duck decoys.
• Edith Harrington Barnhart (b. 1846, N Y)

Helena was the oldest of three siblings:
Edith (b. 1875), a sister
Elise (b. 1878) a sister
Sherman (b. 1882), a brother.

Find a Grave website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

















 

 

 

 

 

1876

Canton, Illinois

 

 

1876   The Barnhart family purchased 10 acres
on the outskirts of Canton and developed it
into a fruit (apple?) orchard.

NOTE: Apple picking and related activities will
become a recurring subject in HWH's artwork:
• title: Apple Gatherers 1932, woodcut . . . . .
• title: untitled, nd (circa 1932-38) oil painting
• title: Apple Harvest 1937, oil painting . . . . . . . . .
• title: Cider Press diptych, 1939, 2 woodcuts (WPA)
• title: Apple Picking, 1947 from "Woodcut USA" . . .




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1877

Canton, Illinois

AGE 5

 

 

Helen West Heller began trying to paint when she was five years old. Her parents were dismayed, because nothing she painted looked like a dog or a horse or a tree. . .

Robert Hardy Andrews
Midweek (circa 1930s)
Chicago Daily News





 

 

 

 

1881

CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKERS

Gustave Baumann
American, 1881-1971
The Print Shop, 1910, color woodcut
"Palo Verde & Ocotea, 1928, 11 progressive color proofs; IMA .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1882

Canton, Illinois

AGE 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1887

Canton, Illinois

AGE 15

 

 

 


. . . Helen West Heller had little formal schooling [in the visual arts]; she was needed to help on the farm. She was young when her parents married her off to a neighbor, a widower. One of his two mules died during the first week of their marriage. He yoked her to the plow, beside his other beast of burden. She rose at dawn to milk the cows, hurried back to the farmhouse to cook breakfast, then dug in the kitchen garden, then worked in the fields with the mule and her husband.

Regardless if Robert Hardy Andrew's story was based on fact or not - it seems highly unlikely that it was - it might even have been invented entirely by Helen West Heller herself - the story remains an interesting tale and may contain a kernel or two of truth.

The theme of plowing - like 'apple picking' and 'prairie child/strar-child' was a recurring theme in HWH's artwork:
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Helen's husband let her keep one fifth of the egg money. When she saved enough (it took almost a year), she sent away to Sears Roebuck for a box of primary paints, a Children's Holiday Special, the first Christmas gift she ever received. Thereafter, she hurried breathlessly through the final chores of her daily servitude, until at last she could hurry out to the west side of the house. Then, straining her eyes while the sun died and twilight darkened, she mixed colors on a broken plate. Then, in the kitchen, in the circle of light from a kerosene lamp, she painted. Like a pianist transposing score for violin, she tried to paint colors as she remembered them by daylight, not as she saw them at night. She did this for six years, until her husband said he was sick of her silly wastefulness. She could no longer keep any of the egg money to buy paints. When she protested, he whipped her with a harness-strap. That night, while he slept, she left him, walked five miles to town, and caught the train for Chicago. . .

Robert Hardy Andrews
Midweek (circa 1930s)
Chicago Daily News





 

 

 

 

 

 

1892-1901

Chicago, Illinois

HWH struggles to survive as an artist/poet.

 

 


date


city
state

1892-1900 Exhibitions:



 

 

 

 

1892

AGE 20

 


Helena leaves Canton and moves to Chicago.

Helen West Heller had just enough money to pay the rent in advance for a cellar room, and to buy a barrel of oatmeal, wholesale. Then she locked herself in, ate oatmeal and nothing else if she ate at all, and painted and drew until she had nothing left to work with or to keep her alive. Then she found part-time work as a charwoman, and went on slaving, mixing colors as sunset ended, painting by lamplight. Shyly but never apologetically, she watched school-trained artists at work. But her self-schooling had gone too deep. She had to paint in her own way. When a dealer finally gave her a show, to fill an empty week in his schedule, she had one dollar to her name, owed two weeks' rent, and was hungry. She bought fifty two-cent stamps and mailed notes to people whose names she found in the Art Institute yearbook, asking them to come and see her pictures. . .

Robert Hardy Andrews
Midweek (circa 1930s)
Chicago Daily News





 

 

 

 

1893

 

 

 

1894

 

 

 

1895

 

 

 

1896

 

 

 

1897

AGE 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1898

Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 


illuminated book
hand-lettered & hand-tooled
leather cover

1898
Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant
• leather handed-tooled cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
• dedication by HWH to AL, Nov 1921 . . . . . . . . . . .
• title page: ". . . by Helena Barnhart, 1898"
• first page of "Bryant's 'Thanatopsis'" . . . . . . . .



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1899

 

 

 

1900

 

 

 

1901 - c.1906

Chicago, Il
New York City
Canton, Il

 


date


city
state

1901-1906 Exhibitions:



 

 

 

 

1901

New York City




Canton, Illinois

By 1901 Helena Barnhart moved to New York City.

Helena marries Herbert Warrant West
in the Bronx, NY during 1901.

After the wedding, they resettled in (?) Canton IL
apparently on the Barnhart family farm.



 

 

 

 

 

1902

Canton, Illinois

AGE 30

 

 

 

 

 

1903

Canton, Illinois

 

 

 

1904

Canton, Illinois

 

 

 

1905

Canton, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

c.1906-1909

Canton ?, Illinois

Not much is known about Helen or Herbert
during the period of 1902 to 1909.

 

 


date


city
state

1906-1909 Exhibitions:



 

1906

Canton ?, Illinois

 

 

 

1907

Canton ?, Illinois

AGE 35

 

 

 

 

1908

Canton ?, Illinois

 

 

 

1909

Canton ?, Illinois

 

 

 

1910-1913

Canton, Illinois



Sometime during this period, Helen West left Herbert and returned to New York City to renew her career as an artist. There is no information of what became of Herbert or if he remained in Canton or on the farm. In a 1933 newspaper interview, Helen West Heller spoke about "the death of her husband."

 






 

 

 

 

1910

Chicago, Illinois


 

 

1911

 

 

 

1912

AGE 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1913

Allentown, PA

Roger Paul Heller is living and working
in Allentown, PA, his hometown.

New York City

Roger moves to New York City and works briefly at
three jobs including in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Helen West meets Roger Paul Heller, 6 years
her junior, panhandling in Greenwich Village
near the Farrer School.

During January, Helen divorces Herbert West.

 

 

 

 

1914-1920

New York City
Allentown, PA
Canton, Illinois



Early marriage of Helen & Roger Heller.

 

date

city
state

1914-1920 Exhibitions:



 

 

 

 

1914

New York City
Allentown, PA

Helen and Roger leave New York City.

Helen and Roger share same address in Allentown, PA.
After brief incarceration for stealing from their
boarding house, Helen marries Roger in the Lehigh
County Court.
Following marriage, they go to Canton, IL

Mother and Child '14

oil painting

image size about 29' x 35" originally from Allentown, PA

image   

Canton, Illinois

Helen and Roger live on farm at 1400 E. Walnut St.
HWH does much of the farm work while
working on her drawings and paintings at night.
Apparently Roger contributes little to framing
but is busy with his scientific investigations.

"In autobiographical scraps composed in her latter years, Helen West Herrer complained strenuously about many things. Health-wise, she noted a hospitalization from hard farm work in the 1914-1921 period." (LES)

 

 

 

 

1915

Canton, Illinois

 

 

"Dinna Forget"

illustrated book

Written by Edwin Osgood Grover; illustrations by H W H
    Published by P.F.Volland Company, Chicago, 1915
   2nd edition (1924)

cover

 

"Let Us Do The Best
          That We Can
"

illustrated book

LET US DO THE BEST THAT WE CAN, by Madison Cawein
   Illustrations by Helen West Heller,
   Published by P. F. Volland & Co., Chicago, 1915, (1st Edition)
   1924 (2nd Edition)
   Book measures 5" x 6.5" with 12 unnumbered pages.
   Bound in decorated hardcover binding.

". . . fine typography and excellent illustrations. The poem is one of positive thinking and acting in all aspects of work in America. A plea for coming out of the Depression by hard work and harmony. Includes five full color plates - representing Farming, Construction and Engineering, Fishing and Logging - and many decorative motifs by Helen West Heller."

cover
image     

 

"Yesterdays with
                   You
"

illustrated book

• Written by Wilbur D.Nesbit;
   uncredited illustrations by H W H
   Published by P.F.Volland Company, Chicago, 1915
   2nd edition (1924)

cover   

 

untitled

pen & ink

nd - circa 1915,   image off-line by request

image

image

 

 


untitled ink drawing, (circa, 1915)
(woman sitting at table, drawing or writing)
signed 'Helen West' & 'Helen West Heller'
image removed by request of photographer
illustrated in The world of Helen West Heller
Published by Illinois Heritage, Jan-Feb 2012
William Furry ,   Executive Director;
Illinois State Historical Society, Illinois

 

 

 

 

1916

Canton, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

1917

Canton, Illinois

AGE 45

 

 

 

 

 

1918

Canton, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

1919

Canton, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920

Canton, Illinois

 

 

 

 

1921-1931

 

CHICAGO - ILLINOIS        

 

 

DATE

LOCATIONS

SELECTED INFORMATION

IMAGES

1921

Canton/Chicago,

Address: West East Walnut Street, Limits, Canton, IL.

• HWH leaves Roger in Canton and returns to Chicago.




• Feb 26-Mar 24



New York City, NY


1921 Exhibitions:

Fifth Annual Exhibition of The Society of Independent Artists
"No Jury, No Prizes" - The Waldorf Astoria, NY, NY
HWH paintings: No. 408 Young Buddha & 409 Banty Hicks

  1921 Fifth Annual Exhibition of  The Society of Independent Artists
  illustrated catalogue


   


             

Young Buddha

painting

no date - circa 1921s

image

Banty Kicks

painting

no date - circa 1921s

no image

Three Poems
• "Tomorrows"
• "Inhibition"
• "Wednesday Week"

poems

The Midland, volume seven, 1921

"Helen West Heller, a native and resident of Illinois, is a subjective painter. She is a member of the Society of Independent Artists, and has been a contributor to The Little Review and other magazines."

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1922

Chicago

AGE 50



1922 exhibitions:


city, state

First annual exhibition of the Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists

CREATOR: Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists
TYPE: Printed Materials
DATE: 1922
TOPIC: Exhibitions:
RECORD NUMBER: (DSI-AAA)13647
SEE MORE: Rudolph Weisenborn papers, 1919-1977
DATA SOURCE: Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL: edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13647



           

 

1923

Chicago

Allegedly HWH cuts her 1st wood/lino blocks.


 

The Parade of the Chicago Artists to The Cubist Ball    
Left: poster by Emil Armin for Chicago Literary Times; October 1923
Right: caricature of H. W. Heller with blurb in her skirt bleats

V HELLEN WEST HELLER !!
O NE OF OUR MOST UNDERAPPRECIATED
G ENIOUSES IN TRYING TO LIVE UP TO
H ER NAME, CAME -- ------
    TO . . . . . . . . . UPSETTING . . . PARADE . . .
    PARADE HAS APPARENTLY
                                    UPSET HER.

Created Date: 1923 October; Description: part of lower right corner of sheet is missing; title and date supplied from reproduction of this item in The Old Guard and the Avant-Garde: Modernism in Chicago, 1910-1940, ed. Sue Ann Prince (1990). Penciled in lower left: Chicago Literary Times, Oct. 1928 Advertisement designed by Armin for the No-Jury Society's 1923 Cubist Ball features caricatures and brief blurbs about Chicago artists. Artists depicted are: Oskar [V]raiment [?]; Stanislas Szukalski; Bert Elliott; Karl Mattern; Hellen [i.e. Helen] West Heller; Frances Strain and Fred Biesel; Ejnar Hansen; Edgar Miller; Emil Armin; Raymond Jonson; Carl Hoeckner; Ramon Shiva; The N[e]ebes [Louis and Minnie]; and Rudolph Weisenborn

The parade of the Chicago artists to
      the No-jury Artists cubist ball, 1923 October.
Poster created by Emil Armin 1883-1971
      for Chicago Literary Times, Oct. 1928
Emil Armin papers, 1922-1977. (1 clipping : ill. ; 47 x 31 cm)
Current copyright status is undetermined
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Chicago citation style: Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists. First annual exhibition of the Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists. 1922. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, . (Accessed November 15, 2018.)

























      cubist ball


date


city
state


1923 Exhibitions:



In the Last Day the
Sea Will Be Master

woodcut

1923
blue star bullet April 1923, "my first block" - often mis-listed as c.1940
image size: 3 7/8" x 2 1/2" - on Japanese mulberry paper.
Allinson Gallery
Marc Chabot Fine Arts


image    

1924

Chicago

 


 


date


city
state


1924 Exhibitions:



Arabesque

woodcut

no date - circa 1920s   (two dancers)

image

image size: 3 1/8" x 3 5/8"
Marc Chaboot Fine Arts (c. 1920s)
2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition (Abigail Furey)

 

Silence

wood engraving

1924
Dimensions: image size: 4 5/16" x 2 7/16"
   sheet size: 7 9/16" x 6 1/8"
Bernard Friedman Art Collection, Chicago, IL
2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition.

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1925

Chicago



Modernism in the New City: Chicago Artists, 1920-50
• 1825-1925 Canton's Centennial Celebration
    August 27-29, 1925
    Canton Centennial Medal
    designed by Marvin R. Thompson


 


date


city
state


1925 Exhibitions:



Cat IV, Oval I

woodcut

1925
Dimensions: image size: 2 3/4" x 2"
© 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition.

image

 

Lady with Tulips

linoleum cut or
wood engraving

nd - circa 1925
Dinemsions: image size: sheet: 3 1/2" x 3 1/8"
• Collection of Yale University Art Gallery
© 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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Secert

woodcut

1925
Dimensions: image: 4" x 5"
2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibtion

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Sylvan Glen

woodcut

no date - circa 1925

image

image size: 4 1/4" x 5 5/16" [pg. 3018]

  

The Beach at
   Cedar Street

woodcut

circa 1925
aka Oak St. Beach at Night

image size: 8 13/16" x 5 3/4"
"This in some cases titled: Oak St. Beach at Night." - HWH
Bernard Friedman Art Collection, Chicago
© 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore.

image    
             

1926

Chicago


 


date


city
state

1926 Exhibitions:



Lopins Horses

wood engraving

image size: 1 3/4" x 2"
2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition.


image

 

Prairie Child

chiaroscuro woodcut

aka Star-Child
image size: 8 1/2" x 9"

image

 

1927

Chicago

AGE 55

 


date


city
state


1927 Exhibitions:



Borzois and I

oil on masonite

image size: 33 5/8" x 34 7/8" (36 3/4" x 38" framed)
• Collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art
   Onya La Tour Collection

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  • Rose-Pedal

  • oil on canvas

    no date - circa 1927, image size: 16" x 11" (framed: 16.5" x 21.5")
    • Private collection

    Centaurs

    linoleum cut

    no date - circa 1927

    image

    Image size: 3 3/4" x 2 5/8" (sheet 5 1/8" x 3 5/8")
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    Chicago Contrasts

    linoleum cut

    Sheet: 39.1 x 27.0 cm (15 3/8" x 10 5/8")

    image

     

    Cop

    woodcut

    image size: 7 5/8" x 12"

    image

     

    Cry of the Wippoorwill

    woodcut
    printed in gold ink

    image size: 6 3/4'" x 10 11/16"
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition.

    image

     

    Dune

    woodcut

    1927
      aka Evolution Of A Dune
    Dimensions: image size: 7 9/16" x 12" - sheet size 11 1/4" x 15 3/4"
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore

    image   

     

    Flogging

    woodcut

    aka Prelude to the Lynching
    Image size: 9" x 8 3/8" (sheet size 14 3/8" x 11 1/4")
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition.

    image   

    Ghost on the Stairs

    woodcut

    no date - circa 1927

    image

     

    image size: 4 5/16" x 2 1/2" (sheet 7 5 1/6" x 5 5/16")
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    Hooves

    wood engraving

    1927
    Dimensions: (image size: 7 9/16" x 12 18")   (sheet size 10 1/1" x 16 3/8")
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition.

    image   

    Interference

    key block #3

    no date - circa1927
    image size: 7 1/2" x 12"   Keith Sheridan

    image

    (two women)

    colored woodcut

    no date - circa 1927

    image   

    March

    woodcut or

    no date - circa 1927

    image

    linoleum cut

    image size: 4 3/8" x 2 1/2" Abigail Furey
    • 4 5/16" x 2 5/16" (sheet 8 7/8" x 6 3/4")   Allinson Gallery
    • Collection of Yale University Art Gallery
       sheet size: 22.7 x 17.5 cm (8 15/16" x 6 7/8")

      

    November Twilight

    linoleum cut

    1927
    Dimensions: Sheet: 32.1 x 26.4 cm (12 5/8" x 10 3/8")
    • collection of Yale University Art Gallery

    image

    Pisces

    woodcut

    1927
    Dimensions: image size: 8 1/4" x 7 1/8"
    • collection of Yale University Art Gallery

    image

    Pont and War

    woodcut or

    no date - circa 1927

    image

    linoleum cut

    image size: 5" x 4" (sheet 9" x 6 7/8")
    Printed on thick fibrous Japanee mulberry paper.   (AG)
    • collection of Yale University Art Gallery (sheet: 22.7 x 17.5 cm (8 15/16" x 6 7/8")

      

    Two Birds in Flight

    woodcut

    no date - circa 1927

    image

    Two Birds and Branch

    Dimensions: image size: 3 5/8" x 3 1/8"
    findartinfo | forum
    • collection of Marc Chabot Fine Arts

          

    untitled

    wood engraving

    no date - circa 1927   (flying deer)

    image

    image size: 2 5/8" x 4 1/2"
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

      

    1928

    Chicago


    date


    city
    state

    1928 Exhibitions:



    Migratory Urge
      

    woodcut/poems

    M I G R A T O R Y    U R G E    wood-cut poems by H W H, Chicago, FRANKLIN J.   M E I N E,   1928. Limited edition of 109 signed and numbered copies printed from the wood blocks on Spanish hand-made paper at The Hogarth Press. Chicago, November. 1928 (book containing 57 wood-cut plates)
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

    cover   

    M i g r a t o r y   U r g e  

    woodcut/poems

    (1928) Portfolio with 30 prints     (see "" below)

    Part of Cover Page

    woodcut

    (cover page) for "M i g r a t o r y   U r g e "   ("MU")

    image

    Title page

    woodcut

    • page 1 (title page) for "MU"  

    image  

    Grateful
       Acknowledgement

    woodcut

    page 2 poem/design for "MU"

    image
     

    Stone is a Good
       Medium

    woodcut

    page 3 poem for "M U"

    image
     

    Words

    woodcut

    • page 5 poem/image for "M U"  

    Migratory Urge

    woodcut

    page 6 poem/image for "M U"

     

    Caravan

    woodcut

    page 7 image for "M U" (EC's inventory list)

    image  

    Coast Siren

    woodcut

    page 8 poem for "M U"

    image
     

    Steel Construction in
       Winter

    woodcut

    page 9 image for "M U" (EC's inventory list)

    image  

    Detachment

    woodcut

    • page 10 poem/image for "M U"  

     

    To Love Cats . . .

    woodcut

    • page 11 poem/image for "M U"  

     

    Lodging-House Room

    woodcut

    page 12 poem for "M U"

    image
     

    Landlady

    woodcut

    page 13 image for "M U"

    image  

    Bees I

    woodcut

    • page 14 poem for "M U"  

     

    Bees II

    woodcut

    • page 15 poem for "M U"  

     

    Bees III

    woodcut

    • page 16 poem for "M U"  

     

    Bees IV

    woodcut

    • page 17 poem for "M U"  

     

    Bees V

    woodcut

    • page 18 poem/design for "M U"  

     

    Ivan + Mestrovic

    woodcut

    • page 19 poem/design for "M U"  

     

    Cat Behind the
       Curtain

    woodcut

    page 20 image for "M U"
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

    image  

    Un-juried Art
       Exhibitions

    woodcut

    • page 21 poem/image for "M U"  

     

    Fac,c,i's "Pieta"

    woodcut

    • page 22 poem/design for "M U"

     

    II

    woodcut

    • page 23 poem/design for "M U"

     

    Pride

    woodcut

    • page 24 poem/design for "M U"  

     

    Hand and Rose

    woodcut

    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition
    page 25 image for "M U"
    • EC's inventory list
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
       MCFA   thin cream japan paper

    image   

    Goal

    woodcut

    • page 26 image/poem for "M U"

    image  

    The Jury on Art

    woodcut

    • page 27 poem for "M U"

     

    W i t c h f i r e

    woodcut

    • page 28 image for "M U"
    • Heller mentions that Star-Child was the small version
       on her inventory sheet   (EC)

    image  

    P r a i r e   C h i l d

    woodcut

    • page 29 poem for "M U"

     

    Redon's "Mystere"

    woodcut

    • page 30 poem for "M U"

     

    Witches' Song

    woodcut

    page 31 poem for "M U"

     

    • untitled

    woodcut

    • page 32 image (forest stream) for "M U"  

    image  

    An Intelligence in
       a Small Town

    woodcut

    page 33 image/poem for "M U"

    image

    Garret

    woodcut

    page 34 poem for "M U"

    image

    Have Heard
       Have Seen!

    woodcut

    • page 35 poem/design for "M U"

     

    Diction

    woodcut

    page 36 poem for "M U"

     

    Plains Bison

    woodcut

    page 37 image for "M U"

    image

    House

    woodcut

    • page 38 image for "M U"   (EC's inventory list)

    image

    Alone in The House

    woodcut

    • page 39 poem for "M U"

     

    II

    woodcut

    • page 40 & 41 poem for "M U"

    III

    woodcut

    • page 42 poem for "M U"

    A Small Bird's Trilling

    woodcut

    page 43 poem for "M U"

    image
     

    Waif

    woodcut

    page 44 poem for "M U"
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

    image

    Nudes Beside Pool

    woodcut

    page 45 image for "M U"

    image

    Slanderers

    woodcut

    • page 46 poem for "M U"

    image

    Surf

    woodcut

    page 47 image for "M U"

    image

    Shop-Talk

    woodcut

    page 48 poem/image for "M U"

    image

    Bird Singing over
       Waterfall

    woodcut

    page 49 image for "M U"
       (EC's inventory sheet)

    image

    Autumn in a Park

    woodcut

    • page 50 poem/image for "M U"

    Picking Flowers

    woodcut

    page 51 image for "M U"   (EC's inventory sheet)

    image

    Beggared

    woodcut

    page 52 poem/image for "M U"
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

    image

     

    Bowl and Book

    woodcut

    page 53 image for "M U"
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

    image

     

    Pan Homesick

    woodcut

    • page 54 poem for "M U"

    High-Tension Tower

    woodcut

    • page 55 image for "M U"   (EC's inventory sheet)

    image

    Bankrupt

    woodcut

    page 56 poem/image for "M U"

    image

    Autumn Dawn aka
      Dawn

    woodcut

    page 57 image for "M U"   (EC's inventory sheet)
       spot illustration for The New York Times
       • "spots" are small, captionless illustrations

    image  

    colophon

    woodcut

    • page 59 (colophon) for "M U"

    image  

     

        unidentified titles . . .

    . . . of 30 woodcuts from the book or portfolio
    M i g r a t o r y   U r g e   (1928) in the Brooklyn Museum:
    Kitchen Light, 1926
    Pinnacles II ("working title" - HWH) 1928



    no image
    no image

     

     

     

    Baseball

    woodcut

    1928
    Dimensions: image size: 6 3/4" x 8 5/8"
       sheet size: 10 5/8" x 14 1/2"
    Printed on sturdy mulberry paper.

    woodcut   

    Baseball

    oil painting

    no date
    Dimensions: image size: 23 1/2" x 31 3/4"
       framed: 26 5/8" x 35 7/8"
    Indianapolis Museum of Art  |  Onya Latour Collection
       Helen West Heller  |  Onya LaTour Gallery, 1937

    painting
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    Creation

    woodcut

    1928
    Dimensions: 7 3/8 x 8 3/4 inches (image size)
       10 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches (sheet size)
    Printed on sturdy Japanese mulberry paper.

    image   

    Mother Earth

    white-line
    woodcut

    1928   aka Mother of Mankind
    Dimensions image size: 13 1/4" x 10 1/4" on cream paper
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

    image   

    Nocturne

    wood engraving
    or woodcut

    1928   aka St Francis on Mount Verna
    reprinted in 1949 (see below)
    Dimensions: image size: 10.5" x 9"
    © 2014 collection of
    Scattergood-Moore
    • for sale: William Carl

    • collection of Edward T. Pollack, Noctourne, (sold) Wood Engraving, 1928. 9 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches; 233 x 269 mm. Signed in the block, and titled, annotated "after the painting" and dated in pencil.

    image   

    The All Seeing Eye

    watercolor

    1929   (reversed image)   Noctrune '28 may have been
       the basis for "The All Seeing Eye" '29
    • collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art
       Onya La Tour Collection

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    St Francis Singing

    woodcut

    1928 2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition.

    image   

    Wheeled Chair

    woodcut

    1928
    image size: 5 1/16" x 4" bottom, 3 5/8" top [pg. 3012]
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit.

    image   

    untitled

    painting

    no date - circa 1928-30   (female in landscape)

    image

    • collection of Illinois State Museum of Art, Springfield, IL

      

    Pairs Anno domini
    1454

    illustration

    1928   [Poems] by Oscar Waldemar Junek;
    Fontispiece woodcut by H W H; Hardcover (65pp)
    Limited to 600 copies, signed by author Otto Lange, Florence
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

    cover      

    1929



    October 24th

    Chicago

    address: 226 Wisconsin St, Chicago
       from inscription on woodcut "Whippet" (see below)

     

    Stock Market Crash   The Depression began dramatically with the Stock Market Crash on October 24, 1929. The next day The New York Times reported, "Wild-eyed speculators crowded the brokerage offices, awed by the disaster which had overtaken many of them." Financial panic spread to the rest of the economy and soon production and employment began to fall. Four million people were out of work in March, 1930 out of a total population of over 122 million and a labor force of over 49 million. A year later, unemployment had doubled to between 7.5 and 8 million people. By 1933 unemployment had jumped to about 15 million, or over one-fourth of the American labor force. Between 1929 and the depths of the Depression in the winter of 1932/33, hard times meant not only unemployment and breadlines, but protests, violent demonstrations, and terrible uncertainty about the causes and cures for this crisis.

    New Deal Document Library

    A New Deal for Public Art:
    Introduction
    The Depression and Relief for Artists
    The New Deal In Art
    How the Projects Worked in New York City and State
    Theories About Art in the 1930s
    Public Art: Post Office Murals
    Public Art: Murals in Public Institutions

    Although the work no longer survives, the WPA/FAP was more active in Bellevue Hospital than in any other hospital. Even the visitor entering the front door was expected to fall under the spell of the murals: "They are soothing after the noise and confusion of the city streets outside, and seem to make the hospital itself a warm and friendly place." (210) Some murals tried to be therapeutic by stirring the patients' memories of the outside world. For incurable and aging patients, Helen West Heller proposed a mural about the life of Johnny Appleseed which would remind them of the places where they had lived and stimulate them to read about American history. . . (211)

    Helen West Heller is credited with creating 39 panels (of which 11 surveyed) for her mural "Children at Work and Play," executed for the Neponsit Beach Hospital for Children, Neponsit Beach, Long Island, under the direction of the WPA Federal Art Project. This mural, together with Circus" by Louis Schanker, was presented to the hospital on June 29, 1938.

    Epilogue: Public Art in the 1930s
    Footnotes

     


    date


    city
    state


    1929 Exhibitions:



    After the Picnic

    lithograph

    1929
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

    no image

    All Seeing Eye

    watercolor

    1929
    Dimensions: Nimage size: 19 1/4" x 23 1/8"  
    • collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art
       Onya a Tour Collection

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    Baseball

    oil on canvas

    1929
    Dimensions: image size: 23 1/2" x 31 3/4"
       framed: 26 5/8" x 35 7/8"
    • collection of Indianapolis Museun of Art
       Onya a Tour Collection

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    Coal Heaver

    lithograph

    1929
    Dimensions: image size: 8" x 10 1/2"

    image

    Cow

    lithograph

    1929
    © 2014 collection of E.C.
    image may not be used or copied without permission.

    image

    Cow Marooned

    lithograph

    1929   possibly litho "Cow" above. . .

    no image

    Débiteur,
    Debitrice

    lithograph

    1929   Debtor, Debtor   (Debt Beast EC)

    image

    Ducks at Night

    woodcut

    1929   aka Ducks
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition
    • collection of E.C. - titled Ducks with inscription:
       "this block Dedicated to David ? K Xmas 1929"

    image   

    Hanging Birds-Nest

    lithograph

    1929

    image   

    Hurdlers

    woodcut

    1929
    Dimensions: image size: 7 1/8" x 8 5/8" [pg. 3014]
    • collection of The National Gallery, Washington, DC

    image   

    Intersection of
    Three Streets

    wood engraving

    image size: 5 1/4" w x 4 7/8" h  
    • collection of The National Gallery, Washington, DC

    image  

    Intersection of
    Three Streets

    oil painting

    1929   photograph of painting (LSD)
    Dimensions: image size: 5 1/4" w x 4 7/8" h
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition.

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    Noise

    lithograph

    no date - circa 1930

    image

     

    • collection of AF

    Operating Room

    lithograph

    1929

    ". . . signed, titled, dated and inscribed in litho 'To my Friend Charles Biesel, Christmas 1929, in memory of hard labor in East Chicago Ave.' Charles Biesel (1865-1945) was a fellow WPA artist in Chicago."

    image  

    Street of Old Paris

    woodcuts

    1929
    © 2014 collection of E.C. (may not be used without permission)

    Two woodcuts on one sheet:
    • (top) No. 1 Street of Old Paris
    • (bottom) No. 2 Street of Old Paris
       with inscription: "To David . . . .Christmas, 1929"


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    Turtle

    lithograph

    1929   aka Loggerhead Turtle
    Deminsions: image size: 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
    • collection of Abby Furey

    image   

    Whippet Race

    woodcut

    1929
    Dimensions: 5 13/16" x 8" (image size)   [pg 3016]
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    • front of print: Whippet Race #5 of 1st series of 50,
       signed Helen West Heller, 1929
    • on back of print:
       Title: Whippet Race; Price: $7.00
       Artist: H W H - 226 Wisconsin St, Chicago

    image   

    1930

    Chicago



    < Helen West Heller
       posterized digital image based on
       photograph by Chicago Daily News, 1930.

    1930 U.S. Federal Census about:
    David M. Kaatz, born abt 1905, Illinois
    Race and gender: white male.
       Home in 1930: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
       Relation to Head of House: Guest
       Marital status: single


    date


    city
    state

    1930 Exhibitions:



    Blue Horse

    oil painting

    1930   (photograph of painting)
    • Copyright © 2014 of E.C.
       image may not be reproduced without permission.
       signed photograph of Blue House size: 31" x 27.5"
       painting originally owned by Dr. Ernst Harms


    image   

    Council

    lithograph

    1930
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore

    no image

    Hands and Horn

    wood engraving

    no date - circa 1930s

    image

    Dimensions: image size: 2 3/8" x 3 1/16"
    • Marc Chabot Fine Arts

      

    Indian Summer

    woodcut

    no date - circa 1930s

    no image

    Dimensions: image size: 11 x 6.7 cm
    Library of Congress Prints, Washington, DC

     

    Jain

    woodcut

    1930
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore

    image   

    Janus Reflected

    lithograph

    1930
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore.

    no image

    Jungle

    woodcut

    1930
    • collection of University of Michigan Museum of Art

    image   

    Operator

    drawing

    1930
    • collection of Yale University Art Gallery

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    Speed Skating

    watercolor

    1930   (whereabouts unknown)

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    Valley

    lithograph

    1930    (Abby Furey)

    image

    Contes de Maupassant

    magazine
    illustration

    Edited by Durbin Rowland; Illustrations by H W H [8 full page drawings & 8 small sketches] Published by University of Chicago Press, 1930
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    image

    1931

    Chicago


    date


    city
    state

    1931 Exhibitions:



    The Artist

    woodcut

    1931   (MD)

    image

    Two Masks:

    2 woodcuts

    1931
    See HWH August 16, 1945 inventory, page 2


         Crying Baby

    woodcut

    1931   (AA) 

    image

         Old Man

    woodcut

    1931   

    no image

    Family

    woodcut

    1931   

    image

    Night and Day
      aka The Frieze

    woodcut

    1931  
    Dimensions: image size: 4" x 2"

    image   

    Quarry

    woodcut

    1931   (AA)  

    image

    Pulling Beets

    woodcut

    1931
    Dimensions: 5.9 x 6.5 cm
    Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition (LSD)

    image

    Pulling Turnips

    oil on board

    circa 1932
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition (LSD)

    image   

    Testing the Soup

    woodcut

    1931
    Dimensions: image size: 5.9 x 6.5 cm
    • collection of Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    image   

    Flight of the Arrow

    woodcut

    1931   (Abby Furey)

    image   

    Stringing the Bow

    woodcut

    1931   (Abby Furey)

    image   

    The Lesser Evil

    woodcut

    1931

    image   

    untitled

    woodcut

    1931   (bell and building)   (AA)  

    image

    The Golden Book

    magazine
    illustrations

    1931
    The Golden Book Magazine;
    February 1931, Vol. XIII, No. 74;
    A Coward . Guy de Maupassant
    illustration by Helen West Heller


    cover  

     

     

     

    1932-1941

     

    NEW YORK CITY n  PART I   

     

    DATE

    LOCATIONS

    SELECTED INFORMATION

    IMAGES

    1932

    Chicago/NYC
    New York City

    AGE 60

    • HWH left Chicago and returned to New York City.



    date


    city
    state

    1932 Exhibitions:



    Apple Gatherers

    woodcut

    1932
    Dimensions: image size: 3" x 4" (7.6 x 10.1 cm)
    • collection of the Brooklyn Museum

    image   

    Autumn

    2 woodcuts

    1932   diptych
    • left panel: Apple Gatherers
    • right panel; Raking Leaves
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore

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    Barker, The

    woodcut

    1932
    Dimensions: image size: 8" x 6"
    inscribed "Pageant of Progress Print Exhibition,
       Art Institute, Chicago, 1933"
    © 2015, private collection (3)
    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, overall: 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.

    image   

    Cat

    brush & ink sketch

    1932
    Dimensions: sheet: 13 1/16" x 17 5/16"
    • collection of Brooklyn Museum

    image

    Chair, The

    woodcut

    1932   aka Pitcher and Chair
    Dimensions: image: 3 13/16" x 4" [pg. 3020]

    image   

    Conversation

    woodcut

    1932     (AA)

    image

    Corn Husker

    woodcut

    1932     (AA)

    image

    Doer Knower Sayer




    Doer Knower Sayer

    woodcut
    photo of
    painting

    1932
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    Dimensions: 4 13/16" x 5 7/8"
    Bernard Friedman Art Collection, Chicago

    1934   Signed photograph of oil painting and/or mural.
    photograph of painting


    image   




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    untitled

    2 woodcuts

    nd,   untitled   possible diptych
    • panel: Doer, Sayer, Knower woodcut '32??
    • panel: Worker and Bearer woodcut '32


    image
    image

    Doe Run

    woodcut

    1932
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    image   

    East Wind

    woodcut

    1932    (ST)
    • collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
       Dimensions: 8" x 6" (7 7/8" x 5 7/8")

    image   

    Family

    woodcut

    1932
    • (AA) 

    image

    Fiddle

    woodcut

    1932

    image   

    First Circles

    woodcut

    1932   aka The Eye (c.1931-32)
    Dimensions: image: 1 13/16" x 3 9/16" [pg. 3022]
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    Friendship

    woodcut

    1932
    Dimensions: image size: 4" x 3.5" (LSD)

    image   

    Greeks

    woodcut

    1932   aka Egyptian Adam and Eve
    Dimensions: 2 7/8" x 1 9/16" [pg. 3024]

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    Jacob and the Angel


    Jacob's Angel

    woodcut


    oil on masonite

    1932  
    2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition (HE)

    circa 1933
    • collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art
       Gift of Ann and Joseph Edelman
       Dimensions: image size: 25" x 21 3/8"
          framed: 26 1/8" x 22 1/2"

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    Janus Head

    woodcut

    1932   (AA) 

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    Laurel

    woodcut

    1932   AA) 

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    Murder at the
    Doorway

    woodcut

    1932
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    Parting Cup

    white line woodcut

    1932
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    Philosopher

    woodcut

    1932

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    Piper and Mine

    woodcut

    1932   (AA) 

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    Plowman of India

    woodcut

    1932   aka Indian Plowman
    © 2014 private collection (3)
    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, overall: 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.
    2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    Valley of India

    3 woodcuts

    1932
    Triptych:
    • left panel: Jungle, 1930, woodcut
    • center panel: Plowman of India, 1932, woodcut
    • right panel: Jain, 1930, woodcut


      
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    Proteus as Shepard

    woodcut

    1932

    woodcut

    Jacob & His Sheep

    oil on masonite

    no date
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
       Gift of Ann and Joseph Edelman
       Accession number: 72.97.3

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    Pulling Turnips

    oil painting

    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition   (LSD)

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    Quail Tracks

    woodcut

    1932   (AA)  

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    Raking Leaves

    woodcut

    1932   see Autumn above. . .
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    Razorbacks '32

    woodcut

    (AF)   see painting "Cabin" (1933) below . . .

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    Scherzo #1

    woodcut or
    wood-engraving

    1932
    Dimensions: 5 1/4 x 7 inches
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition.
    Bernard Friedman Art Collection, Chicago, IL

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    Scherzo #2

    woodcut

    1932
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition.

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    Tree

    woodcut

    no date - circa 1932

    image

    image size: 1 3/4" x 1 1/8"   (Abigail Furey)

      

    Woodshed

    woodcut

    1932   (AA) 

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    Worker and Bearer

    woodcut

    1932

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    untitled

    woodcut

    no date - circa 1932   (sharpening the scythe)

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    Honing the Scythe

    oil painting

    1933   (sharpening the scythe)

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    untitled

    woodcut

    1932   (squirrel)   (AA) 

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    Golden Book

    book illustrations

    1932     Three Decorative Woodcuts
    "The Portrait of Mr. W. H." by Oscar Wilde
    The Golden Book Magazine August, 1932 [page 140]

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    1933

    New York City

    Helen West Heller contributed to the New Masses magazine
    from February 1933 to January 13, 1948.


      



    image above: Helen West Heller with her painting on view
    in "Independent Independents" exhibition, April 1933.

    Residence as of May 29th 1933
    Mr. David Myron Kaatz, 2130 Lincoln Park, West,Chicago, Illinois

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


      

     

     



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    Chicago

    New York City

    1933 Exhibitions:

    Pageant of Progress Print Exhibition, Art Institute, Chicago, 1933

    "Independent Independents" at Hotel Roosevelt, NYC

    "…an exhibit of paintings by 35 ultra-independent artists…a pleasant-looking woman who might have been a small-town grandmother and president of the local woman's club sat serenely amid the collection of long-haired young men and strong-minded young women who were bringing in their pictures. Shabby but meticulously neat, she watched everything with alert interest, quite unaware of how out of place she looked in that strange gathering.
          Yet that mild-faced elderly woman was Helen West Heller, whose work bas been praised by critic for its striking modernism plus its sound technique. Nearing sixty, she was making her first success as a modern painter, and on one was more pleased than she when one of her wood-cuts was the first thing sole in the exhibition. . ."

    Modernist at Sixty
    New York Evening Post
    Wed., April 19th, 1933



    Cabin

    oil on masonite

    1933
    Scene of a mother pig and 2 piglets in front of a rustic cabin.
    Based on woodcut Razor Backs 1932 (see below)

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    Cabin

    woodcut

    1932
    Dimensions: image size: 1 7/8" x 2 1/8"

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    Touchdown

    woodcut

    no date - circa 1933
    • collection of LSD

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    Scurrying Hare

    woodcut

    1933

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    The Chinese Set

    1933, 1-10 brush drawings

    1933   1-10 brush drawings
    for Lafcadio Hearn's "Some Chinese Ghosts"
    on EC's inventory list . . .

    no images

    untitled

    oil on board

    1933   (sharpening the scythe)
    Dimensions: image size: 20 3/4" x 17 1/4"
    • auctioned at Woodside Antiques

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    Jacob and His Sheep

    oil on masonite

    no date - circa 1933

    ADD

     

    • collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art
       Gift of Ann and Joseph Edelman

    title

    medium

    date - circa

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    MM K 1292. The Munch Museum Letter from O. Væring to Edvard Munch. Dated 25.10.1933. Written language: Norwegian. Physical Description: Paper; handwritten with ink (black). Philological commentary: Actual letter to Ernst Harms, probably conveyed to Munch by this
    • Pilestræde 21 Oslo 25 / 10-33
    Sir. Dr. Ernst Harms
    We have received D.d. regarding Munch's latest
    working and can announce that we have some pltr.
    After the last few years after Munch's paintings,
    but then it's hard for us to copy
    a selection, we must unfortunately ask you to register
    The painter E. Munch about this, when the plates
    belongs to him.
      With a lot of respect
    O Weather, photographer

    MM K 2467. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Dated 01.07.1929. Writing language: German. Physical Description: Paper; typewritter.

    MM K 2468. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Dated 07.08.1929. Writing language: German. Physical Description: Paper; handwritten with ink (black)

    MM K 2469. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Dated 18.02.1933. Writing language: German. Physical Description: Paper; handwritten with ink (black)

    MM K 2470. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Dated 13.04.1933. Writing language: German. Physical description: letter cards; handwritten with ink (black)

    MM K 2471. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Dated 15.05.1933. Writing language: German. Physical description: letter cards; handwritten with ink (black)

    MM K 2472. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Dated 01.07.1933. Writing language: German. Physical description: letter cards; typewritten

    MM K 2473. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Dated 18.07.1937. Writing language: German. Physical Description: Paper; typewritten

    MM K 2474. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Not dated. Writing language: German. Physical Description: Paper; handwritten with ink (black)

    MM K 2475. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Not dated. Writing language: German. Physical Description: Paper; handwritten with ink (black)

    MM K 2476. The Munch Museum Letter from Ernst Harms to Edvard Munch. Not dated. Writing language: German. Physical Description: Paper; typewritten

    Jacob's Angel

    oil on masonite

    no date - circa 1933

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    image size: 25" x 21 3/8" (26 1/8" x 22 1/2" framed)
    • collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art
       Gift of Ann and Joseph Edelman

    1934

    New York City

     


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    city
    state

    1934 Exhibitions:



    Doer, Sayer, Knower

    painting

    1934   photograph of painting and/or mural
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition   (LSD)

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    Onya La Tour

    brush and ink

    1934
    • collection of Indianapolis Museum of Art:
       Creation date: 1934
       Materials: brush and ink wash on off-white paper
       Descriptions:
       inscribed in pencil, L.L.: Onya LaTour/by H.W.H.
       signed and dated in pencil, L.L.: Helen West Heller/1934
       Dimensions: 17 7/8 x 11 1/4 in. (sheet)
       Credit line: Onya La Tour Collection
       Accession number: 72.40.71

    Onya La Tour (1896-197) was a collector, dealer, and painter from Columbus, IN. La Tour was a founder of the Indiana Museum of Modern Art, in Brown County, Indiana.
    Archives Directory of the History of Collecting
    Onya La Tour paper, 1928-1969
    Helen West Heller in IMA:
        Onya La Tour Collection:
        • untitled (still life with toucans) 1931; woodcut; 4-1/4 x 5 1/2" sheet
        • untitled (Two Figures) 1932; woodcut; 3-3/4 x 4" image
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        • Onya LaTour; 1934; brush and ink wash; 17-7/8 x 11 1/4 sheet
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    Passenger Pigeons

    oil painting

    1934   photograph of oil painting
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    1935

    New York City


    "Prominent Chicago Daily News art critic C. J. Bulliet began a series detailing the histories of local artists on February 23, 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression. . . Due to the harsh economic period Bulliet's promotion was a significant benefit to artists, many of whom earned a living working in the Federal Art Project (FAP), which was a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The FAP was initiated in August 1935, only six months after Bulliet had begun his series. Interestingly, Bulliet ceased his series with No. 106 on September 30, 1939, the same month the FAP was discontinued. . . from: Illinois Historical Art Project

    LINKS:

    • "http://www.illinoisart.org/clarence-j-bulliet" target="_blank">'Artists of Chicago Past and Present' by Clarence J. Bulliet • Smithsonian: Archives of American Art WPA: Works Progress Administration <• Artists of Chicago, No. 16 Helen West Heller by Clarence J. Bulliet

     



    Feburary



    Brooklyn, NY

    1935 Exhibitions:

    • 8th Biennial Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum

    Private View of The Eighth Biannial Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels and Drawngs by American and Foreign Artists, and the Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of The Brooklyn Society of Miniature Painteres, also an exhibition of prints by Augustus John and Gerald L. Breckhurst.
    Written on corner of sheet: "Set to Eagle -?- -?- Citizen Chat"





    American Earth

    3 woodcuts
      triptych

    1935   aka American Soil
    Triptych: overall size 8 5/8" - 11 1/8" x 23" [pg. 3032]
    • left panel: Cotton Picking, 1935, 8 5/8" x 6 11/16" . . . . . . . . .
    • center panel: Reforestation, 1935, 11" x 9 9/16" . . . . . . . . . .
    • right panel: Corn Husking, 1935, 8 5/8" x 6 3/4" . . . . . . . . . .

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    Cotton Picking

    woodcut

    1935
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    • collection of The National Gallery, Washington DC

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    Reforestation

    woodcut

    1935
    Dimensions: image size: 9 5/8" x 11 1/8"
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition
    • collection of Library of Congress   [image]
    • collection of The National Gallery, Washington DC

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    Corn Husking

    woodcut

    1935
    • The National Gallery, Washington DC

    image

    untitled

    mosaic

    no date - circa 1935-38 photograph detail of still-life (LSD)

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    mosaic

    1936

    New York City


    American Artists Congress
    Artists of the American Congress, 1936 and 1941


                
                



    date



    city
    state


    1936 Exhibitions:



    untitled

    watercolor

    no date - circle 1936   (two men on bench)

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    current location unknown

    Defense

    oil painting

    1936   photograph of oil painting   (LSD)
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhbition

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    New York Subway

    oil on canvas

    circa 1933-1939

    image

     

    image size: 25" x 30"
    • collection of Steven Stern Fine Arts   (Facebook)

       

    Etwas Neues

    book illustrations

    1936   Etwas Neues by Ernest R. Dodge (Head of Department of Modern Languages Horace Mann School for Boys Teachers College, Columbia University) and Margaret H. Viereck; Woodcuts by Helen West Heller [1 full page & 20 decorative initials ] Published by American Book Company, 1936; German reader in german, printed in USA. Preface in English. 223 pages. Hardcover. Measures 7 1/2" x 5"

    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    1937

    New York City

    AGE 65

    • American Artists Congress:
       2nd Annual Meeting, Dec 17-19, 1937




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    city
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    1937 Exhibitions:



    Apple Harvest

    oil painting

    1937   photograph of the painting (LSD)
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    1938

    New York City


    date


    city
    state

    1938 Exhibitions:



    Apple Harvest

    tempera painting

    1938 signed photograph of Apple Harvest tempera
    © 2014 collection of E.C. - use this image only with permission.

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    Baseball in the Park

    mosaic

    1938   original signed photograph   (EC)
    detail of the original mosaic
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore

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    Children at Work
    and at Play

    11 oil paintings

    c. 1935-1938
    Eleven (11) oil paintings on canvas panels:
      • (7) 30.25" x 40.5"
      • (4) 34" x 30"


    Possible studies for a mural that was executed at the Neponsit Beach Hospital for Children, Neponsit Beach, LI, NY for the WPA. The mural was lost when the hospital was demolished sometime during WWII.   H e l l e r   also proposed mosaic murals for several NYC subway stations that have been lost or were not executed. . .


                                            • Toy Maker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • At the Loom . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • Basket Weavers . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • Hay-Making . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • Pottery-Making . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • Making Sculptre . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • Shepard with Flock . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • Feeding Birds . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • Boy with Beagle . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • School Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            • School Bus on Rainy Day . . . . . .

                                            1938 press release photo . . . . . . .
                                            FAP WPA description on back . . . . .

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    1939

    New York City


    date


    city
    state

    1939 Exhibitions:



    Agriculture

    woodcut

    1939   aka Agricular
    Dimensions: image size: 10.75" 9.5"
    pencil signed lower right, titled lower left, unframed
    Print most likely commissioned by W.P.A.

    Description: a man sowing seeds next to text "Agriculture the most essential vocation" and "brick makers" carrying bricks on litter.

    Condition: hinge-mounted; light toning and mat burn; creasing to paper in lower left corner; light staining in margins. - Treadway Gallery

    © 2014, private collection (3)
    The National Gallery, Washington DC
    • private collection © 2012 L.M. Jr.

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    Cider Press

    linocut diptych

    1939                       diptych . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Dimensions: image size of diptych: 5 1/2" x 11 1/4"
    Printer's name "L.F. White, printer" in lower left margin
    Edition size: 80
    • Left panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    • Right panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Commissioned by Federal Art Project
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    • collection of R. G.Regina Galluscio, Durham, NY
    • collection of M Lee Stone

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    Biology







    Chemistry

    woodcut diptych

    1939

    1939   aka Biology - Resolution of Forces
    1939   aka Physics-Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Dimensions: 13 1/8" x 10 13/16"  
    Block in possession Federal Art Project.
    Annotated in the artist's hand: l. of diptych - Research Microscope - Oldest Known Tree, Early Horse - Resolution of Forces - Applied Physics.
    • The National Gallery, Washington DC

    1939   aka Cosmic Rays - Sulphur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Dimensions: image size: 13 7/8" x 11 1/8"
    Block in possession Federal Art Project.
    • The Met: Gift of Works Projects Administration, N Y, 1943
    • Collection of Yale Un. Art Gallery, CT
       Dimensions: sheet: 35.7 x 30.3 cm (14 1/16" x 11 15/16")


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    Postman in Blizzard

    woodcut

    1939
    • collection of The National Gallery, Washington DC

    no image

    Yang-tse-Kiang
    . And Kankakes

    egg tempera
    on panel

    1939

    HWH 8-16-49 © (3):
    Dimension: 25.5"(w) x 23" (h)
    Coolies pulling Junk by rope - foreground a dust-bowl
    episode - man pulls plow guided by his old woman.
    , HWH

    Yang-tse-Kiang (detail)   © 2015, private collection (3)

    "In Midweek, I told the story of Helen West Heller. . . she was young when her parents married her off to a neighbor, a widower. One of his two mules died during the first week of their marriage. He yoked her to the plow, beside his other beast of burden. . . she rose at dawn to milk the cows, hurried back to the farmhouse to cook breakfast, then dug in the kitchen garden, then worked in the fields with the mule and her husband. He let her keep one fifth of the egg money. When she saved enough (it took almost a year), she sent away to Sears Roebuck for a box of primary paints, a Children's Holiday Special, the first Christmas gift she ever received.

    . . . She knows she will never reach the stars she started reaching for when she was five years old. She isn't sad about it. She pulled a plow, harnessed beside a mule; she went a step at a time then, and still does, and will until the last sunset. . .
    " Robert Hardy Andrews

    Although Andrews' strange tale of a young Helena Barnhart being "married off to a neighbor" by her parents, most likely is not true or at best was an exaggeration on the part of either HWH or Andrews, it may contain a kernel of truth - and may explain HWH's motivation for painting "Yang-tse-Kiang" and other working with plowing themes. . .

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    1940

    New York City


    Oct-Nov


    Bloomington,
    Indiana

    Exhibitions:

    Onya La Tour presents Modern Art, a "group of paintings from the collection belonging to Onya La Tour." "…an interesting collection of pictures - numbering abt 250 oil paintings and as many prints, watercolors & drawings." including 75 artworks by Helen West Heller at The Steele Galleries, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
    Introduction by Robert E. Burke, Head of Art Dept.

    < cover of catalogue




    Unknown works by HWH in Onya La Tour collection:

     

    • Swimming Horses
    • Jehovah and Lost Sheep
    • Onya La Tour and Roger Heller
    • Horse in a Storm
    • Onya LaTour No. 1
    • Child in Farm House at Night
    • Ola
    • Onya LaTour No. 2
    • Service
    • Hurricane
    • Bascula
    • Crocodile
    • Mme. Christopher Buys
       Bananas
    • City
    • Lunch
    • The Sponge Bath


    • Contingent from Orphan
       Asylum
    • Man Carrying Wood
    • Strike of the Artists
    • Epic River No. 6
    • I. S. U. Strike
    • Division of Labor
    • Corn Shock (Stalk??)
    • Ox Shed
    • The Archer
    • Wrecking Gang
    • Buffalo
    • Family (dyptich)
    • Flocks of the Sky
    • Farm Labor, Reforestation
    • Farmenr and Wife
    • Black Leopard Drinking


     

    ". . . Born and raised in Indiana, Onya La Tour (1896-1976) worked for the WPA in New York during the 1930s and befriended many of the artists whose work she would collect and display in her own gallery. When La Tour moved back to Indiana in 1940, she made her unusual collection available to the public free of charge in her Brown County farmhouse, which she called the “Indiana Museum for Modern Art.” In 1972, La Tour donated much of her collection, featuring figurative and abstract styles, to the IMA."

    Indianapolis Museum of Art

    The Onya La Tour Collection: Modernism in Indiana exhibition
    will present 30 works from the collection of Onya La Tour in
    the IMA Alliance Gallery from Oct 17, 2014 to Apr. 12, 2015


     

    In the Last Day the
    Sea Will Be Master

    wood engraving

    "my first block" cut in 1923
    • 3 7/8" x 2 1/2" printed on Japanese mulberry paper.

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    Tending Cows

    watercolor

    1949

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    1941

    New York City

    address: 732 E. 6th Street, NYC


    Soviet women to the women of the world: Moscow women's anti-Nazi meeting and American women's response.

    New York : American Council on Soviet Relations, 1941
    39 American women responded, including:
    • Minna Harkavy, Sculptor
    • Helen West Heller, Artist
    • Lillian Hellman, Playwright
    • Margaret L. Mead, Y.W.C.A.
    • Elizabeth Olds, Artist
    • Margaret Sanger, Birth Control Advocate

    "We who have lived always among shadows shout to you who for a score of years looked with trong eye into the sun. We who have lived thwarted lives leap to help you maintain what you have built for the generations."

    Helen West Heller



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    city
    state

    1941 Exhibitions:



    Isometric Architect

    woodcut

    1941
    Dimensions: 7.8" x 5.75" (image size)
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhbition
    • collection of Asheville Art Museum
    "Isometric Architect by HWH is a beautiful little print using European cubism." - Frank Thomson, A.A.M. curator.

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    Middle America

    woodcut

    1941
    • collection of The National Gallery, Washington DC

    no image

    Panning for Gold

    tempera, watercolor
    on gypsum

    1941
    Dimensions: canvas size: 14 1/8" x 16 1/8" (360x410 mm)
    • Sold at Swann Auction Galleries  (MutualArt.com)

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    Southwest

    tempera
    painting

    1941
    Dimensions: image size: 18" x 22"   (AA)

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    Sugaring Off

    woodcut

    no date - circa 1941

    image

    • collection of LSD
    • collection of E.C.

      

     

     

     

    1942-1955

     

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    SELECTED INFORMATION

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    1942

    New York

    AGE 70

    address: 732 E 6 st
       from back of label for Bison (c. 1942)



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    city
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    1942 Exhibitions:



    Bison

    oil on board

    no date - circa 1942-43

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    Dimensions: image size: 30" x 24"
    • Exhibited at the International Print Society in 1943

    From diptych 'Pioneer Waste' - the frame is by HWH - On the back is a label with her address 732 E 6 st and a note "to clean rub a small area at a time with a cut raw onion then wipe with clean dry cloth"   (Davenport & Shapiro)

      

    Pioneer Waste

    oil diptych

    no date - circa 1942-43
    • panel: Bison, circa 1942
    • panel: unknown, no date

    no image

    Second Front

    woodcut

    1942   aka Commandos
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    Southwest

    woodcut

    1942
    2006, Dana Art Galllery exhibition (M Lee Miller)

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    Southwest   '41

    tempera

    image size: 18" x 22" (where abbots unknown)

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    Wolf Pack
        of the Sea

    egg tempera

    1942   framed under glass
    © 2014, private collection (3)

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    Bronzviler Gezang
    (Brownsville Chant)

    book illustrations

    Bronzviler Gezang

    1942   11 illustrations plus dustjacket

    Poems in Yiddish by David Seltzer;
    with woodcuts by Helen West Heller;
    First (only) edition. Small 8vo. Orig. cloth with dust jacket.
    Publisher: Brooklyn, Brownsville Press, 1942.
    © 2014 private collection (3)




    FROM THE BOOK DUST JACKET:

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    Helen West Heller

    The accompanying illustrations are printed directly from the blocks. Helen West Heller has produced many woodcuts in a wide range of moods. The mood of this group is properly urban. Though the artist was country born, loving the whims of weather, the movements of animals, gestures of rural baboon and of handicraft, themes of industry and of science occupy her versatile maturity,
         To her mastery of color is due the rich color-suggestion of the black-and-white works. These may be seen in the Library of Congress, Brooklyn Museum, Berkshire Museum, New York Public Library and other important institutions.





      

      

    1943

    New York City


    date


    city
    state

    1943 Exhibitions:



    Sugaring Off

    woodcut

    1943  

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    Sugaring Off

    painting tempera

    1941

    image  

    Eyes and Ears

    woodcut

    1943

    image

    Gracious Fight

    woodcut

    1943
    Dimensions: 8.25" x 6.25" (image size)
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    image

    1944

    New York City


    date


    city
    state

    1944 Exhibitions:



    Blind Color Grinders

    linocut

    1944
    Dimensions: image size 4" x 5" (image size)
    Printed on tan fibrous papeMbr< 2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    Passing

    woodcut

    1944

    image

    1945

    New York City


    date


    city
    state

    1945 Exhibitions:



    Linen Paper

    woodcut

    1945   Exhibited in "Three Centuries of Printmaking in America" (1961) Coram Library, Bates College - 113 pieces from the Department of Arts and Sciences of the International Business Machines Corporation. Review: The Lewiston Daily Sun, Mar 7, 1961. IBM auctioned off their collection of 300 art pieces in 1995.

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    Art & Science

    2 woodcuts

    Information from EC's inventory sheet
    Diptych:
    Linen Paper '45 (left panel)
    News Pulp '45 (right panel)


      

    News Pulp

    woodcut

    1945
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    image

    1946

    New York City


    date


    city
    state

    1946 Exhibitions:



    Milleniums

    woodcut

    1946
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    • collection of The National Gallery, Washington DC

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    1947

    New York City

    AGE 75


    date


    city
    state

    1947 Exhibitions:



    "Woodcuts U.S.A."

    hardcover book

    1947
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit

    Publication of, "Woodcuts U.S.A.," a hardcover book containing 20 woodcuts by H W H, with quotes by American writers and a laudatory introduction by John Taylor Arms, published in a limited edition of 750 copies signed by the artist; Oxford University Press, N Y. 1947. Printed on Engield Collotype paper from original 2 7/8" x 3 7/8" wood blocks cut by H W H with embossed cover (11x16 cm.) & glassine slipcase.

    A copy of Churches of France text by Dorothy Noyes Arms with 51 reproductions of etchings and drawings by John Taylor Arms; 1929, First Edition, The Macmillan Co., New York, 179 pages, was given and individually inscribed: "To Helen West Heller with the deepest admiration and affection" (signed) Dorothy Noyes Arms; "to which I most whole-heatedly add mine for a grand woman and a great artist" (signed) John Taylor Arms.


    "A number of years ago, while glancing through an art magazine, my eye was caught by a series of reproductions of woodcuts that by their brilliance of expression and their emotional content claimed instant attention. Investigation revealed their author as Helen West Heller. . . I did not then realize that this was my introduction to the oeuvre of a distinguished performer in the ancient and beautiful art of woodcut and would lead to a friendship with one of the most remarkable women it has ever been my privilege to know. . ."

    John Taylor Arms
    introduction to Woodcuts U.S.A
    Open Library

    cover   

    christmas card

    signed
    John Begg

    designer for The Oxford University Press, included with
    some softcover editions of Woodcuts U.S.A.

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    • cover design

    woodcut

    study for cover design and textures
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit

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    • soft-cover edition

    woodcut

    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    cover
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    • architects

    woodcut

    woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A."
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit

    image   

    • Sewing Women

    woodcut

    woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A." (NYPL)
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit

    image   

    • Hauling

    woodcut

    woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A." (NYPL)

    image   

    • Swimming

    woodcut

    woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A." (NYPL)

    image   

    • Sheep Shearing

    woodcut

    woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A." (NYPL)

    image   

    • News Stand

    woodcut

    woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A." (NYPL)

    image   

    • Coal Mining

    woodcut

    woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A." (NYPL)

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    • Researcher '47

    woodcut

    unpublished woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A."  

    image

    • untitled '47


    woodcut


    (baseball)   unpublished woodcut for "Woodcuts U.S.A."


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    Alabama Biochemist

    woodcut

    1947   Portrait of George Washington Carver.
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit.

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    Di Oisgebenkte Sho
    (The Longed-For Hour)

    6 book illustrations

    Di Oisgebenkte Sho

    1947
    Poems in Yiddish by David Seltzer; written in Hebrew
    6 woodcut illustrations by Helen West (Vest) Heller;
    Farlag Landsleit ("Landslayt"), New York, 1947
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore.
    2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    6 Illustrations:
    Hand and Rose - woodcut from "Migratory Urge,' 1928
    Reforestation - woodcut from "American Soil," 1935
    • (Ellis Island) (nd)
    Sylvan Glen - woodcut (nd)
    East Wind - woodcut, 1932
    • untiled (raindeer) - woodcut (nd)


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    1948

    New York City

     

     


    date


    city
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    1948 Exhibitions:



    Shout

    woodcut

    1948


    image

    The Seasons

    wood engraving

    1948   aka Self Portrait

    Image size: 10 1/4" x 8 1/16"
    Signature: "Helen West heller, 1948"
          on lower right margin in pencil.
    Created for National Academy of Design.
    Based on portrait photograph by Harrison Knox.
    • collection of National Academy of Design, NYC
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    • collection of Brooklyn Museum

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    untitled

    woodcut

    1948   (architects)
    image size: 5" x 6 3/8" (sheet size 6 1/8" x 7 9/16")

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    Horses

    copper relief

    1948
    image size: 14" x 12" [in original frame: 19.5" x 18"]
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibitition

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    Horse Riders

    bronze relief

    nd   whereabouts unknown

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    1949

    New York City


    &date


    city
    state

    1949 Exhibitions:



    The Bird Hopes Along
    the Wall

    woodcut

    1949
    image size: 23 x 26.7 cm. Library of Congress,

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    Companioned

    woodcut

    1949
    • collection of National Gallery, Washington, DC
    • private collection (purchased on eBay)

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    Hear Not See Not

    woodcut

    Brooklyn Museum, Dimensions: 8 3/4" x 9 15/16"
       Signature: "Helen West heller, 1949"
       in lower right margin in pencil
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006 Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    Nocturne

    wood engraving

    1928/49   aka St. Francis on Mount Verna
    dimensions: 10.5" x 9"
    Won First Purchase Prize at the Library of Congress; illustrated in "American Prize Prints of the 20th Century" by Albert Reese, American Artists Group, N.Y., 1949
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit.
    • The National Gallery, Washington DC

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    Rustic Sounds

    linoleum cut

    1949
    Smithsonian Institution
       Dimensions: 10 1/2" x 8 7/8" (26.7 x 22.5 cm)
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    Brooklyn Museum, 1949
       Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 8 15/16 in. (26.6 x 22.7 cm)
       Signature: "Helen West heller, 1949"
       in lower right margin in pencil

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    untitled

    oil painting

    1949   (portrait of a man with 2 robins in background)
    Dimensions: unknown; private collection, NY

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    1950

    New York City


    • date


    city
    state

    Exhibitions:



    The Dove and
    The Buzzard

    wood engraving

    1950
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    image

    untitled diptych

    wood engravings

    1950   Dove and Buzzard '50 & Witchfire '50

      

    Fallen Leaves

    woodcut

    1950

    image

    Flight

    wood engraving

    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

    image

    Jack-O-Lantern

    woodcut

    Dimensions: 25.3 x 27 cm.
    Library of Congress

    image

    Witchfire

    wood engraving

    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition
    © 2014, collection of Scattergood-Moore
    Brooklyn Museum, woodcut, 1950
       Dimensions: Sheet: 10 5/8" x 6 9/16" Image: 7" x 5"
       Signature: Signed lower right in graphite:
       Helen West Heller

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    1951

    New York City


    • date


    city
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    Exhibitions:



    Musical Notes E.A.D.G.

    color woodcut

    1951

       Dimensions: image size 17 1/8" x 16 7/8" (433 x 40.6 cm.)
       Edition: 15/50
       Signature: Helen West Heller, 1951
       signed in lower right margin, pencil
       Inscription: "HWH" cut in lower right of composition.

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    Melodious Valley

    color woodcut
    or
    color linocut

    1951
    • "cat.#294, #24 of 50"   private collection: L. F.
    Brooklyn Museum,
       Dimensions: image size 17 7/16" x 15 7/8"
       Edition: 15/50
       Signature: Helen West Heller, 1951
       signed in lower right margin, pencil
       Inscription: "HWH" cut in lower right of composition.

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    Protective

    woodcut

    1951 image: 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" | sheet: 6" x 7 5/8"

    image

    verso

    1953 dedication (DMK)

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    Solistice of Storm

    color linocut

    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibit

    image

    Thirst

    color linocut

    1951
    • "#26 of 50" private collection: L. F.

    Reverse image of Rustic Sounds (1949). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    Time and Equinox

    color linocut

    1951
    Dimensions: image size: 43.4 x 40.7 cm.
    • collection of the Library of Congress

    no image

    Zodiac and Polaris

    color linocut

    1951
    Dimensions: image size: 43.9 x 40.6 cm.
    • collection of the Library of Congress
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    1952

    New York City

                AGE 80


    • date


    city
    state

    1952 Exhibitions:



     

    Leo and the Loaves

    color linocut

    1952
    Dimensions: image size: 43.6 x 40.8 cm.
    • collection of The Library of Congress

    no image

    Memmon and
    the Hippopotami

    color linocut

    1952
    Dimensions: image size: 16" x 17"
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore

    image

    Splicing Job
    Iliad A, 436,437 1

    color linocut

    1952
    Dimensions: image size: 42 x 40.7 cm.
    • collection of The Library of Congress

    no image

    1953

    New York City

     

     


    • date


    city
    state

    1953 Exhibitions:



     

    Dieing Tree

    color linocut

    1953
    Dimensions: image size: 14" x 16 1/8"
    most likely Helen West Heller's last major print
    © 2014 collection of Scattergood-Moore
    2006, Dana Art Gallery exhibition

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    1954

    New York City


    • date


    city
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    Exhibitions:



     

    1955

    New York City

     


     


     


    Address: 732 East Sixth Street, New York City, NY


    HWH's autobiographical memoir addressed to Fay Gold, October 18, l955, 6 weeks before her death explains why she left her husband and moved to Chicago to try to earn a living as an artist, how she learned to do woodcuts, and expresses her bitterness toward the Arts Club and the Art Institute of Chicago for refusing to exhibit her work. She credits C. J. Bulliet for publishing her work in the Chicago Daily News arts supplement; and writes about publishing her book of woodblock verse, a process she claims Lynd Ward later took credit for. She makes similar accusations against Audrey MacMahon and Adolf Dehn of the WPA Federal Art Project, and expresses her attitude towards Clare Leighton, but writes favorably about George Binet's efforts to sell her work and John Taylor Arms, who was always friendly toward her.

    Smithsonian Archives of American Art
    Microfilm reel(s): Microfilm reel D 361, frames 266-273.
    Forms Part of: Fay Gold papers, 1924-1979

     

    ". . . in autobiographical scraps composed in her latter years, (HWH) complained strenuously about many things. . . Health-wise, she noted a hospitalization from hard farm work in the 1914-1921 period; poor eyes that opticians had not learned to correct; and a New York surgery that, she claimed, had made only Lesbian sex, which she found unthinkable, possible for her."

     


     


    New York City


    Nov 19, 1955 Helen West died
    in Bellevue Hospital, New York City at age 83.

     

    The New York Times published (in part) the following obituary: "The death of Helen West , distinguished wood-cut artist, became known yesterday. For ten days her body has remained unclaimed at the Bellevue morgue. Mrs. was 83 years old. She became ill Nov. 18 at her home, 732 East Sixth Street, and was taken to Bellevue. She died the next day. Since then the Police Bureau of Missing Persons and the Artists Equity Association have tried unsuccessfully to locate members of her family. She was without immediate relatives, and had been supported by city relief. The City Welfare Department and the Artists Equity now are making arrangements for the funeral. . ."

    The New York Times; Nov. 30, 1955; page 38

     

    The New York Herald Tribune had a contrasting report in their obituary and reported that Roger had been notified. Evidently he had set out for New York, but was missing. "Letters by Roger and others prove he did arrive in NYC not later than May, 1956.

     


     


     


    Lindin, NJ


    Helen was buried by Artists' Equity
    and the Welfare Dept. of the City of New York
    at Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery
    Linden, Union County,New Jersey, USA
    Find a Grave website
    HWH's siblings and husband (Roger) did not attend
    the funeral; Roger left Canton late in Dec.
    1955 - his whereabouts not known.



    Someone purchased a carved gravestone
    for Helen West Heller's unmarked burial plot.
    Donor and date of installation not known.

     


     


     


    Canton, Illinois


    A Horrible Crime and The Aftermath

    On November 26th, 1955, seven days after Helen West died in New York City, an eight-year-old girl, Janice Elizabeth May, was raped and severely beaten in Canton, Illinois. The young girl died in hospital less than two hours after her battered body was found by her bothers in an abandoned rail car near her home not far from Burlington tracks in the town of Canton. Hours after the murder, Lloyd Eldon Miller, Jr, a 29 year old Canton cab diriver, illegally took his cab and abandoned it outside of town. He then continued to travel by bus, intending to go Detroit to find work in an auto factory. The police concluded that Miller was fleeing after assaulting the girl. He was arrested, returned to Canton where he later signed a police written confession after being threatened with the death penalty if he refused. Miller was convicted and sentenced to death in 1956. for the murder of Janice Elizabeth May. Miller faced seven execution date- once coming within eight hours of execution - before he was exonerated 15 years later. In 1971, after Miller won a federal writ of habeas corpus, the prosecution dropped all charges.

    My family grew up in Canton and lived next to Roger and what we called the dump. My oldest brother would sneak over to Rogers and go through some of his accumulated junk. Roger was brilliant and worked for International Harvester but demonstrated some unusual behaviors such as drinking coffee that had ketchup and sugar in it. He suddenly disappeared after a major event occurred (the sexual assault and murder of Janice Elizabeth May on November 26th, 1955) in that town and I have some questions about where he may have gone and if he was ever questioned about that event. My father seemed to think not. Lloyd was afraid of blood so my father was convinced that he could not have committed such a horrible crime. Instead, he believed that Roger did it and left town immediately afterwards. My father boxed Lloyd Miller several times at a makeshift gym in the service bay of a Gas Station on West Locust Street. Lloyd was afraid of blood so my father was convinced that he could not have committed such a horrible crime. Instead, he believed that Roger did it and left town immediately afterwards.

    C.J.M. April 30 and May 1, 2012

    Roger was questioned by the attorneys for Lloyd Eldon Miller, Jr. when they visited Roger sometime after he was confined to a New York mental institution - they interviewed him and were astonished by his familiarity with the area and knowledge of events surrounding Janice Elizabeth May's death!

     


       

     

     

     

     

    1956  - 

     

    EPILOGUE      

     

     

    1956

    In May, Roger Heller appeared in NYC;
    six months after Helen West Heller's death and burial.
    Did Roger visited his wife's grave in New Jersey?

    Memorial Service for Helen West heller, with the
    primary speaker, HWH's nemesis, Lynd Ward.

    Roger briefly returned to Canton, IL;
    then resettled in New York City . . .


    April 15, 1956 The New York Times: PROGRESS; Big Annual Show Offers Variety and Color; The late Mabel Dwight, Helen West Heller and Frederick are characteristically represented in a small memorial section.

     

    1957

    Publication of Dark to Light: An appreciation of the life work of Helen West Heller, 1872-1955 by Dr. Ernest Harms; American Artist, November 1957 [page 30]

     

    1959

    New Jersey


    New York City

    Exhibition: "Wood Engraving by Helen West Heller," Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

    Roger Heller was picked up in New York City; examined and judged a possible threat to himself and others; he was confined to mental institutions in the state of New York for the remainder of his life.

     

    1975

    On October 10th 1975 Roger Paul Heller died in the
    infamous Pilgrim State Hospital, Suffolk County, Long Island
    one day after his 87th birthday.


    Roger was buried in the Heller Family plot at
    Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, US, Plot: Section B, with this father Llwewellyn Heller (1856-1923), mother Anna Giess Heller (1858-1943), and two sisters Miriam Heller (1880-1880) and Claire Heller Moxon (1893-1988).


    2003

    Wellesley, MA

    • First major retrospective of Helen West Heller
       woodcuts since her death in 1955. At Dana Art Gallery

     

     

    2004

    Canton, IL

    On March 2nd, Charlie Wright (1920- 2012) wrote an appreciation of Roger Heller titled "Roger Heller: eccentric, genius, or both" for his column Around the Square, in the Canton Daily Ledger, Canton, IL. Mr. Wright ended his article stating: "Roger Heller will be remembered by residents of his time as Canton's eccentric or genius or both." Mr. Wright never wrote an appreciation of the life or art of the even-more distinguished native Canton resident, Helena S. Barnhart, aka Helen West Heller.


     

     

     

    NOTES

     

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    RELIEF PRINTS:

    • WOODCUTS
    • ENGRAVINGS
    • LINOCUTS


    Kitchen Light, (1926) woodcut (MU - Migratory Urge)
    Pinnacles II,(1928) woodcut (MU) working title
    Indian Summer, (ca 1930s) woodcut
    Park Benches, (ca 1933) woodcut
    Black Leopard, (ca 1933) woodcut
    Postman in Blizzard, (1939) woodcut
    Middle American, (1941) woodcut
    Milleniums, (1946) woodcut
    The Bird Hopes Along the Wall, (1949) woodcut
    Time and Equinox, (1951) color linocut
    Leo and the Loaves, (1952) color linocut
    Splicing Job, Iliad A,, (1952) color linocut


         


    LITHOGRAPHS:
    After the Picnic, (1929) lithograph
    Cow Marooned, (1929) lithograph
    Councilm=, (1930) lithograph
    Janus Reflected, (1930) lithograph

    ETCHINGS and INTAGLIO PRINTS:
       none known

    SILKSCREEN and STENCIL PRINTS:


         


    DRAWINGS/WATERCOLORS/PAINTINGS:
    Pearl Andelsen, (1925) waterolor


         


    PAINTINGS:
    The Green Hill, (ca 1931) painting
    Greenings, (ca 1934) painting
    Spans of Time, (nd) painting (LSD)
    • Colllection of Helen Garlinghouses:
        • Don Quixote on horseback, (nd) large oil painting
        • several smaller cityscape paintings


         


    MURALS:
    • 28 panels for "Children at Work and Play" (ca. 1935)
       Neposit Beach Hospital for ChildrenLong Island
    • Colllection of Helen Garlinghouses:
        • mounted mural and an unmounted section of a mural


         


    MOSAICS:
    • "set of three mosaic designs" (1932)
    Raising of Lazarus mosaic cartoon
    Saint Francis Sings mosaic cartoon
    Night Unto Night Sheweth Knowledge mosaic cartoon
    Day Unto Day Uttereth Speech mosaic cartoon
    • mosaic murals for several NYC subway stations (ca. 1933-39)


         

     

     

    REMEMBRANCES

     

     

     

     

    Canton Illinois' most famous genius and eccentric citizen was Helen West Heller, the former Helena S. Barnhart, an extraordinary artist who was nearly forgotten . . . she was aware she might never reach the stars she started reaching for when she was five years old - but was never sad about it. "She had pulled a plow, harnessed beside a mule; she took a step at a time until the last sunset."

    Scattergood-Moore

     

    "Helen West Heller was not famous enough to make the list " ["Fellow Travelers, Communist Fronts" Life magazine, April 4, 1949 "], but she drew her artistic inspiration from the working class. She sometimes idealized them and other times highlighted the hypocrisy of the world she struggled, as an artist, to make her way in.

    Leonard Davenport

     

    "Helen West Heller has lived the life of a full blooded personality striving and fighting for an artistic ideal . . . Far too little is known even among artists about this amazing woman."

    Dr. Ernst Harms

     

     

     

     

     

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    BIOGRAPHY

     

    BIRTH:
    • 1872 Rushville, Illinois
    DEATH:
    • 1955 New York City, New York

    SCHOOLS:
    • St. Louis School of Fine Art
    • Art Students League of New York

    OTHER:
    • Prize, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1949
    • The Art Magazine of the Chicago Evening Post, contributor
    • The New York Times, art contributor
    • Golden Book Magazine, contributor

    ASSOCIATIONS

     

    • Associate member of the National Academy of Design, 1948
    • Salons of America
    • Member, Society of Independent Artists
    • Member, WPA, Federal Arts Project
    • Member, Amercian Artists' Congress

    BOOKS:

    (writings)

     

    PUBLISHED:
    Migratory Urge, Franklin J. Meine, Chicago: 1928
    Woodcuts U.S.A., NYC: Oxford University Press, 1947

    UNPUBLISHED:
    Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryanthand
       hand-lettered, lluminated & bound by Helena Barnhart, 1898
    The Art of Printmaking (typed manuscript)

    ILLUSTRATIONS:

       

     

    BOOKS:   (see images above by date of publication)
    Dinna Forget (1915 & 1924)
    Let Us Do The Best That We Can (1915 & 1924)
    Yesterdays with You (1915 & 1924)
    Pairs Anno domini 1454 (1928)
    Contes de Maupassant (1930)
    Etwas Neues (1936)
    Bronzviler Gezang (1941)
    Di Oisgebenkte Sho (1947)

    NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES:  
    • The New York Times (1931-1950s)
       Protective  
       Research  
       Voters  
       Back Country Farmer  
       Shouts of the Night aka Howlers  
       Egyptian Adam and Eve  
       Rustic Sounds  
    • The Golden Book Magazine (February 1931)
    • The Golden Book Magazine (August 1932)
       3 woodcuts  
    • New Masses (February 1933 to January 13, 1948)  
       = artwork/illustrations unique to New Masses
       Dawn  

     

    EXHIBITIONS

    (selected)

     

    • Neo-Arlimuso Society, Chicago, ca 1920s
    • No-Jury Society of Artists, Chicago, 1922
    • The Walden Bookshop, Chicago, 1922 (first solo show)
    • Madison (WI) Art Association, 1922
    • Art Institute of Chicago exhibits in 1923, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30
    • Brooklyn (NY) Museum, 1929-32
    • University of Washington, 1931
    • Philosophy Hall, Columbia University, NYC 1933(solo show)
    • Society of Independent Artists, 1934
    • Salons of America, 1934-1935
    • Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, 1935
    • American Artists Congress, NYC, 1936
    • Society of Independent Artists, 1941
    • National Academy of Design, NYC, 1942-46
    • Artists' Gallery, NYC, 1942
    • Library of Congress, Washington DC, 1942, 1943, 44, 45, 46
    • Society of Independent Artists,
       Art Institute of Chicago, 1920-1922
    • American Federation of Art traveling exhibition, 1943-45
    • International Print Society, 1944
    • Lowell Art Association, 1944
    • City Library Association, Springfield, 1948
    • retrospective, Smithsonian, 1949
    • California State Library, 1951
    • Hempstead Library, New York, 1952
    • University of Maine, 1952
    Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, 1954, 59
    • Dana Art Gallery, Wellesley, MA, 2003
    Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, Chicago Il, 2011
    West Valley Art Museum, City of Peoria, AZ, 2011


    CATALOGS:
    Smithsonian Institution (exhibition catalogs)
       Fay Gold papers, 1924-1979
       Benjamin K. Smith, O'Brien Galleries 1912-41
       Brooklyn Museum record, 1823-1963

    EXHIBITIONS

    (no dates)

     

    HWH exhibited in a number of group shows throughout her career, including several in Europe (AG):

    USA:
    • The Woodcut Society, Kansas City
    • Brimfield, MA: The George Binet Print Collection, cira 1949;
       Woodcuts by H W H [loan exhibition XIII].

    EUROPE:
    • The Hagenbund in Viennna
    • The Salon s'Automne in Paris
    • The Meatyards in London

    COLLECTIONS

    (selected public)

    • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
    • Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
    • Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
    • Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
    • Grosvenor Library, Buffalo, NY
    • Illinois State Artist Guild, Springfield, IL
    Library of Congress, Washington, DC
    • Lindsborg Artists Guild, Lindsborg, KS
    • Neponsit Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (removed)
    New York Public Library, New York, NY
    • Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ
    • Smithsonian, Washington, DC
    The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
    • Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

    SELECTED MUSEUMS

    Georgetown University Art Collection, Washington DC
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
    The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
    University of Wyoming Art Museum , Laramie, WY

    BOOKS  

    source: AskArt                                       * = illustration

    AUTHOR/EDITOR
    Davenport, Ray
    Dunbier, Lonnie P. (ed)
    Falk, Peter Hastings (ed)
    Heller, Jules & Nancy G
    Falk, Peter Hastings (ed)
    Lang, Gladys & Kurt
    Fresella-Lee, Nancy
    Falk, Peter Hastings (ed)
    Opitz, Glenn B (ed)
    Petteys, Chris
    Falk, Peter Hastings (ed)
    Marlor, Clark S.
    Tufts, Elenor
    Rubinstein, Charlotte S.
    L. Mason & J. Ludman
    Berman, Greta
    L. Mason & J. Ludman
    Clark, Eliot
    Finkelstein, Sidney W.
    Reese, Albert
    Arms, John Taylor (intro)
    Cheney, Martha S. C.
    Ed. Equinox Coop. Press
    Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge
    Bulliet, C. J.
    Heller, Helen West

    DATE
    2005
    2005
    1999
    1995
    1990
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1986
    1985
    1985
    1984
    1984
    1982
    1979
    1978
    1975
    1954
    1954
    1949
    1947
    1939
    1936
    1935
    1930
    1928

    TITLE
    Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition
    • The Artists Bluebook
    • Who Was Who in American Art
    • North American Women Artists of the 20th Century
    • Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • Etched in Memory
    • American Paintings, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
    • Dictionary of Signatures & Monogram
    • Mantle Fielding's Dictionary, American Painters, Sculptors, etc.
    • Dictionary of Women Artists
    • Who Was Who in American Art - Artists Active 1898-1947
    • The Society of Independent Artists - Exhibit Record 1917-44
    • American Women Artists, past and present
    • American women artists: from early Indian times to the present
    • Print reference sources: selected bibliography (2nd edition)
    • Mural Painting in New York City: Under WPA Federal Art Project
    • Print Reference Sources - Bibliography 18th-20th Centuries
    • History of the National Academy of Design 1825-1953
    • Realism in art
    • American Prize Prints of the 20th Century
    Woodcuts USA
    • Modern art in America
    • American Artists Congress - American Today: 100 Prints
    • Index of Artists: International Biographical
    (2 vols)
    • Apples and madonnas; emotional expression in modern art
    Migratory Urge

    PAGE
    2421
      479
    3724
      612
    1117
      427
      222   *
      556
    1081
      780
      707
      600
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        -     *
        -
      300
      246
      296
      257
        26   *
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      811
        -
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    PUBLICATIONS

    University of Wyoming Library                             * = illustration

    AUTHOR
    Jewett, Eleanor

    Jewett, Eleanor

    New York Times

    Cahn, Edmond N.

    Keyes, Bob

    New York Times

    Arizona Republic

    Rushworth, Katherine

    Artner, Alan G.

    Aptheker, Herbert

    DATE
    February 5, 1930

    December 9, 1930

    November 18, 1935

    December 2, 1951

    May 1, 2008

    June 12, 1932

    July 15, 2011

    December 16, 2001

    March 11, 1994

    July 31, 2001
    (vol 14, issue 3)

       TITLE of ARTICLE and NAME of PUBLICATION
    These Two Artists Mingle Mystic Ideas with Their Pigments
       © Chicago Daily Tribune (newspaper)
    Gay Squirrels, Serious Minded Birds Art Show Features
       © Chicago Daily Tribune, Chicago, IL (newspaper)
    WPA Art to Cheer Crippled Children: Murals in the Boys' Ward
       and Dining Room Planned for Neponsit Beach Hospital

    Starch for Backbones Woodcut by H W H
       © New York Times (newspaper illustration)
    April showers bring May flowers . . . and First Friday
       © Portland Press Herald (newspaper)
    Three Shows Open This Week
       © New York Times (newspaper)
    West Valley museum highlights woodcuts
        © Arizona Republic
    The Art of Sports: 'All Stars' embodies athletes, their emotions
       & sporting events
    , © Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY (newspaper)
    Sources, Motives Limit 'New Women' Show
       © Chicago Tribune (newspaper)
    Book and Ideas: Anti-Semitism in the U.S. Army; Artists and
       McCarthyism
    ; Nature. Society, and Thought (journal article)

    PAGE
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      346

    NOTES

     

    Western Illinois Universiry (Macomb Campus) (http://www.wiu.edu/libraries/) SPECCOL. SMS2009 14 S t a n f e l, L a r r y. L a r r y S t a n f e l collection on H W H, 2006--> off-line info
    Art Alliance Austin 



     

     

     

     

     

     

    "I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck. All artists are vain, they long to be recognized and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free."

    FRANCIS BACON

     


    Installation view of the retrospective exhibit: "Helen West Heller"
    January 2003, Dana Gallery, Wellesley, Massachusetts

     

    An exhibition of Helen West Heller art works and artifacts was held in the Dana Art Gallery, Wellesley, Massachusetts, from January 13 to February 7, 2003. Curated by Scattergood-Moore, the exhibit was the most significant Helen West Heller retrospective exhibition since her death in 1955. Items on display were drawn from three commercial galleries and two private collections. Over fifty woodcuts, executed from 1924 to 1953, plus numerous illustrated books, a painting and a copper relief by Helen West Heller were exhibited.

     

     

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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    H E L E N   W E S T   H E L L E R   PRINTS
    Gift of   D r.   E r n e s t   H a r m s,   1955

    Title Medium Size (inches & cm)       Catalog #
    01
    02
    03
    04 Bird on a Branch
    05 Coast Line
    06 Northern Lights
    07 * Bowl and Book [MU]
    08 Oversoul
    09 * Pitcher and Chair (The Chair)
    10 * Friendship
    11 ** Power Lines [MU?]
    12 Construction
    13 Indian Summer
    14 The Peacock
    15 * Sugaring Off
    16 * Family
    17 * Doer, Knower, Sayer
    18 * The Sea Will Be Master
    19 Indian Brave
    20 Man Dressing
    21 ** A Hand and a Rose [MU]
    22 The Artist
    23 Oriental Lovers
    24 Two Birds at Sunrise
    25 Medieval Garden
    26 ** Bird Singing over Waterfall [MU]
    27 Symbolic Scene with Four Figures
    28 ** Landlady [MU]
    29 Two Birds in Flight
    30 ** Symbolic Eye with Grapes
    31 Apple Gatherers
    32 Ox-Sled
    33 Bird with Still Life
    34 Beast in the Jungle
    35 Wind and Rain
    36 Taurus
    37 ** The Long-wihiskered Cat [MU]
    38 * Double Profile
    39 Three Stars
    40 The Harvester
    41 Reality and Subjectiveness
    42 Man with Out-stretched Arms
    43 Mystic in the Forest
    44 * Ghost on the Stair
    45 Bird in a Storm
    46 Little Autumn Tree
    47 Woman and Man
    48 * Arabesque
    49 Night and Day
    50 Sea-scape
    51 Spans
    52 Man on Horseback
    53 ** Roe Ring
    54 Corn Shock
    55 Map of Manhattan
    56 * Indian with Bow and Arrow
    57 At the Bottom of the Well
    58 The Letter "M"
    59 The Lake
    60 Small Designs
    61 Small Design
    62 Small Design
    63 The Letter "T"
    64 The Letter "E"
    65 The Letter "H"
    66 The Letter "I"
    67 ? Two Figures with Palm Trees
    68 Double Masks
    69 * Quarry
    70 Pine Trees and Snow
    71 Four Horses
    72 Four Women
    73 Ornament
    74 Ornament
    75 Ornament
    76 Meteorological Study
    77 ? Coastline [M?U]
    78 * Jacob and the Angel
    79 * Fiddle
    80 * The Philosopher Eats a Doughnut
    81 Lovers Beside a Pool
    82 The Sleigh
    83 Crouching Figure with Carriage
    84 Mask
    85 Sitting Figure
    86 Sleep (Predella of Taurus)
    87 Dogs (?) in the Sky
    88 Girl Observed in a Fountain
    89 The Firing Squad
    90 Time and Space
    91 Two Book Plates
    92 *? Man on Horseback
    93 Abstraction
    94 ? The Old Dinner Bell
    95 * Touchdown
    96 The Acrobat
    97 A Vision in Bed
    98 The Tombstone
    99 The Caravan
    100 Decoration with Butterfly and Bird
    101 * The Stampeding Bison [MU]
    102 Rural Scene
    103 Garden Corner
    104 The Poet
    105 The Young and Old
    106 The March Hare
    107 Two Greeks Talking
    108 Mask Number One
    109 ** Pulling Turnips
    110 ** The Cook and Kettle
    111 * A Log Cabin
    112 Man Dressing, first state
    113 Succession Surface and Surprise
    114 The Harvester, first state
    115 ** Man with a Rake
    116 ? Veiled Woman and a Man
    117 Greek Couple with Grapes
    118 Floral Ornament
    119 The Letter "B"
    120 Lake in the Mountains
    121 ? Lot of 16 Initial Letters
    122 Lot of 22 Pages "Migratory Urge"
    123 The Nineteen-Twenties
    124 ** Saint Francis Singing
    125 Firefly
    126 ** Wheeled Chair
    127 Allegory
    128 * East Wind
    129 * Middle America
    130 November Twilight
    131 Street of Old Paris # 1
    132 ? Title Page [M?U]
    133 Running between Stars
    134 A Peaceful Valley
    135 * Arabesque
    136 Agriculture
    137 * Jungle
    138 ** Jain
    139 * Chicago Contrasts
    140 The Birdnest
    141 ** Intersecion of Three Streets
    142 ** Reforestation
    143 * Star Child (aka Prairie Child)
    144 ** Plowman of India
    145 ** Hooves
    146 ** Oak Street Beach at Night
    147 ** Ducks
    148 * Isometric Architect
    149 ** Cider Press
    150 * Baseball
    151 * Cop
    152 ** Flogging
    153 ** Dune
    154 ** The Beach at Cedar Street
    155 ** St. Francis on Verna
    156 * The Hurdlers
    157 * Creation
    158 * Cosmic Rays
    159 * Biology
    160 Landscape with Lake
    161 * Corn Husker
    162 ** Cotton Picking
    163 * Operator
    164 ** The Barker
    165 The Arrest # 1
    166 The Arrest # 2
    167 Epic River
    168 * Pisces
    169 ** Whippet Race
    woodcuts


    3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. (7.9 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.4)
    3 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (7.9 x 6.7 cm) (55.572.5)
    2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm) (55.572.5)
    3 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. (8.9 x 6.7 cm) (55.572.7)
    3 7/8 x 4 in. (9.8 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.8)
    3 3/4 x 4 in. (9.5 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.9)
    3 1/2 x 4 in. (8.9 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.10)
    3 1/16 x 2 5/16 in. (7.8 x 5.9 cm) (55.572.11)
    3 1/16 x 2 5/16 in. (7.8 x 5.9 cm) (55.572.12)
    4 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. (11.4 x 6.7 cm) (55.572.13)
    4 x 5 1/16 in. (10.2 x 12.9 cm) (55.572.14)
    4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (11.4 x 8.3 cm) (55.572.15)
    3 1/4 x 3 in. (8.3 x 7.6 cm) (55.572.16)
    * 2 15/16 x 4 in. (7.5 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.17)
    3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (9.8 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.18)
    2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in. (7 x 5.4 cm) (55.572.19)
    1 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (4.4 x 5.7 cm) (55.572.20)
    * 1 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. (4.8 x 3.5 cm) (55.572.21)
    2 x 2 in. (5.1 x 5.1 cm) (55.572.22)
    2 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (6.4 x 7 cm) (55.572.23)
    1 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (4.4 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.24)
    1 1/2 x 2 in. (3.8 x 5.1 cm) (55.572.25)
    2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (7 x 5.7 cm) (55.572.26)
    2 x 4 in. (5.1 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.27)
    * 2 x 1 3/4 in. (5.1 x 4.4 cm) (55.572.28)
    3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. (9.5 x 7.9 cm) (55.572.29)
    * 1 7/8 x 3 5/8 in. (4.8 x 9.2 cm) (55.572.30)
    3 x 4 in. (7.6 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.31)
    2 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (7 x 9.8 cm) (55.572.32)
    2 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (7 x 8.9 cm) (55.572.33)
    2 x 2 1/2 in. (5.1 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.34)
    3 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (7.9 x 6.7 cm) (55.572.35)
    3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (8.9 x 7 cm) (55.572.36)
    3 x 2 3/8 in. (7.6 x 6 cm) (55.572.37)
    2 3/4 x 2 3/8 in. (7 x 6 cm) (55.572.38)
    1 3/8 x 2 1/8 in. (3.5 x 5.4 cm) (55.572.39)
    2 x 1 1/2 in. (5.1 x 3.8 cm) (55.572.40)
    2 7/8 x 4 in. (7.3 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.41)
    3 5/8 x 4 in. (9.2 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.42)
    4 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (11.1 x 6.7 cm) (55.572.43)
    * 4 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. (11.1 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.44)
    5 x 4 in. (12.7 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.45)
    2 x 1 1/4 in. (5.1 x 3.2 cm) (55.572.46)
    3 1/4 x 6 1/8 in. (8.3 x 15.6 cm) (55.572.47)
    * 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (8.3 x 9.5 cm) (55.572.48)
    1 1/4 x 4 in. (3.2 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.49)
    5/8 x 2 3/4 in. (1.6 x 7 cm) (55.572.50)
    3 1/2 x 4 in. (8.9 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.51)
    *? 2 x 1 3/4 in. (5.1 x 4.4 cm) (55.572.52)
    * 3 x 4 in. (7.6 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.53)
    2 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (5.7 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.54)
    4 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (12.1 x 9.8 cm) (55.572.55)
    * 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 in. (7.3 x 5.4 cm) (55.572.56)
    3 3/4 x 4 in. (9.5 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.57)
    1 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (3.8 x 4.1 cm) (55.572.58)
    1 x 2 in. (2.5 x 5.1 cm) (55.572.59)
    1 1/4 x 3/4 in. (3.2 x 1.9 cm) (55.572.60)
    5/8 x 1/2 in. (1.6 x 1.3 cm) (55.572.61)
    5/8 x 1/2 in. (1.6 x 1.3 cm)(55.572.62)
    1 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (3.8 x 3.5 cm) (55.572.63)
    (55.572.64)
    1 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (3.8 x 3.5 cm)(55.572.65)
    1 1/2 x 3/4 in. (3.8 x 1.9 cm) (55.572.66)
    *? 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm) (55.572.67)
    2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (5.7 x 5.7 cm) (55.572.68)
    1 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. (3.5 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.69)
    3 x 2 7/8 in. (7.6 x 7.3 cm) (55.572.70)
    3 1/2 x 4 in. (8.9 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.71)
    1 3/8 x 2 1/16 in. (3.5 x 5.2 cm) (55.572.72)
    3/16 x 5/8 in. (0.5 x 1.6 cm) (55.572.73)
    4 x 1/2 in. (10.2 x 1.3 cm) (55.572.74)
    3 1/2 x 1 in. (8.9 x 2.5 cm) (55.572.75)
    3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (9.8 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.76)
    *? 3 x 2 1/2 in. (7.6 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.77)
    * 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (12.1 x 9.5 cm) (55.572.78)
    * 3 5/8 x 4 in. (9.2 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.79)
    3 3/4 x 4 in. (9.5 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.80)
    4 1/2 x 4 in. (11.4 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.81)
    2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (7 x 5.7 cm) (55.572.82)
    3 1/4 x 4 in. (8.3 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.83)
    1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (3.8 x 3.8 cm) (55.572.84)
    2 x 2 1/2 in. (5.1 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.85)
    1 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (4.4 x 7.3 cm) (55.572.86)
    4 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. (11.4 x 6.7 cm)(55.572.87)
    2 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (7 x 8.3 cm) (55.572.88)
    2 3/4 x 4 in. (7 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.89)
    3 x 4 in. (7.6 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.90)
    6 1/16 x 2 3/8 in. (15.4 x 6 cm) (55.572.91)
    *? 2 x 1 3/4 in. (5.1 x 4.4 cm) (55.572.92)
    2 5/8 x 4 in. (6.7 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.93)
    3 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (8.3 x 3.8 cm) (55.572.94)
    2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (6.4 x 3.8 cm) (55.572.95)
    2 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. (6.7 x 3.5 cm) (55.572.96)
    1 3/4 x 2 5/8 in. (4.4 x 6.7 cm) (55.572.97)
    1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (3.8 x 3.8 cm) (55.572.98)
    3 x 2 1/2 in. (7.6 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.99)
    1 x 2 1/8 in. (2.5 x 5.4 cm) (55.572.100)
    3 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (7.9 x 6.7 cm) (55.572.101)
    2 x 4 in. (5.1 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.102)
    2 x 3 in. (5.1 x 7.6 cm) (55.572.103)
    1 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. (3.2 x 4.1 cm) (55.572.104)
    1 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (4.4 x 5.7 cm)(55.572.105)
    1 3/8 x 7 3/16 in. (3.5 x 18.3 cm) (55.572.106)
    1 1/2 x 2 in. (3.8 x 5.1 cm) (55.572.107)
    1 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (4.4 x 3.8 cm) (55.572.108)
    * 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (5.7 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.109)
    * 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (5.7 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.110)
    * 2 1/4 x 2 in. (5.7 x 5.1 cm) (55.572.111)
    1 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (4.4 x 5.7 cm) (55.572.112)
    2 7/8 x 4 in. (7.3 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.113)
    2 x 1 1/2 in. (5.1 x 3.8 cm) (55.572.114)
    * 3 x 4 in. (7.6 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.115)
    ? 3 x 4 in. (7.6 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.116)
    2 x 2 3/4 in. (5.1 x 7 cm) (55.572.117)
    1 1/4 x 2 in. (3.2 x 5.1 cm) (55.572.118)
    (55.572.119)
    (55.572.120)
    each 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (3.8 x 3.8 cm) (55.572.121)
    each 3 x 2 1/2 in. (7.6 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.122)
    3 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (7.9 x 6.7 cm) (55.572.123)
    * 8 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (21.6 x 17.1 cm) (55.572.124)
    10 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (27.3 x 24.8 cm) (55.572.125)
    * 5 x 4 in. (12.7 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.126)
    2 7/8 x 4 in. (7.3 x 10.2 cm) (55.572.127)
    * 6 x 7 in. (15.2 x 17.8 cm) (55.572.128)
    * 7 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. (20 x 14.9 cm) (55.572.129)
    4 3/8 x 6 in. (11.1 x 15.2 cm) (55.572.130)
    2 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (5.7 x 7 cm) (55.572.131)
    2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (7 x 5.7 cm) (55.572.132)
    3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (8.3 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.133)
    3 x 2 1/2 in. (7.6 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.134)
    * 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (1.9 x 6.4 cm) (55.572.135)
    10 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. (27.3 x 24.4 cm) (55.572.136)
    * 12 1/2 x 6 5/8 in. (31.8 x 16.8 cm) (55.572.137)
    * 12 1/2 x 6 5/8 in. (31.8 x 16.8 cm) (55.572.138)
    * 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (23.5 x 21.6 cm) (55.572.139)
    11 x 6 3/4 in. (27.9 x 17.1 cm) (55.572.140)
    * 5 x 5 3/8 in. (12.7 x 13.7 cm) (55.572.141)
    * 11 x 9 5/8 in. (27.9 x 24.4 cm) (55.572.142)
    *? 9 x 8 1/4 in. (22.9 x 21 cm) (55.572.143)
    * 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (32.4 x 23.5 cm) (55.572.144)
    * 7 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (19.1 x 31.1 cm) (55.572.145)
    * 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (14.6 x 22.2 cm) (55.572.146)
    * Ducks (55.572.147)
    * 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (19.7 x 14.6 cm) (55.572.148)
    6 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. (16.8 x 14 cm) (55.572.149)
    * 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (17.1 x 21.6 cm) (55.572.150)
    * 12 x 7 1/2 in. (30.5 x 19.1 cm) (55.572.151)
    * 8 1/4 x 9 in. (21 x 22.9 cm) (55.572.152)
    * 7 1/2 x 12 in. (19.1 x 30.5 cm) (55.572.153)
    * 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (14.6 x 22.2 cm) (55.572.154)
    * 9 1/4 x 10 3/4 in. (23.5 x 27.3 cm) (55.572.155)
    * 7 1/8 x 8 5/8 in. (18.1 x 21.9 cm) (55.572.156)
    7 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (18.4 x 22.2 cm) (55.572.157)
    * 10 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (27.3 x 23.5 cm) (55.572.158)
    * 10 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (27.3 x 23.5 cm) (55.572.159)
    5 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (13.3 x 10.8 cm) (55.572.160)
    * 8 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. (21.9 x 17.1 cm) (55.572.161)
    * 8 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. (21.9 x 17.1 cm) (55.572.162)
    * 7 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (18.4 x 22.2 cm) (55.572.163)
    * 8 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. (21.6 x 14.3 cm) (55.572.164)
    6 3/16 in. (15.8 cm) (55.572.165)
    7 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (19.7 x 17.1 cm) (55.572.166)
    7 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (19.7 x 16.5 cm) (55.572.167)
    * 8 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (21.6 x 18.4 cm) (55.572.168)
    ** 6 x 8 in. (15.2 x 20.3 cm) (55.572.169)
    170 * Coal Heaver
    171 City
    172 Bull Fiddler and Cellist
    173 Postman
    174 * Fiddle Head
    175 Two Nudes
    176 Crocodile
    177 Hurricane
    178 Wrecking Gang
    179 Service
    180 Postman in Blizzard
    181 * Valley
    182 Skaters

    lithographs 10 3/8 x 8 in. (26.4 x 20.3 cm) (55.572.170)
    10 1/2 x 8 in. (26.7 x 20.3 cm) (55.572.171)
    12 x 10 in. (30.5 x 25.4 cm) (55.572.172)
    11 1/2 x 9 in. (29.2 x 22.9 cm) (55.572.173)
    12 x 10 in. (30.5 x 25.4 cm) (55.572.174)
    9 x 10 1/2 in. (22.9 x 26.7 cm) (55.572.175)
    10 1/2 x 9 in. (26.7 x 22.9 cm) (55.572.176)
    10 1/2 x 9 in. (26.7 x 22.9 cm) (55.572.177)
    9 x 9 1/2 in. (22.9 x 24.1 cm) (55.572.178)
    10 x 12 1/4 in. (25.4 x 31.1 cm) (55.572.179)
    12 1/2 x 9 in. (31.8 x 22.9 cm) (55.572.180)
    12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm) (55.572.181)
    11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 21.6 cm) (55.572.182)
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    "KICK BOTH WAYS"   (1943)
    silkscreen poster & poem by Helen West Heller
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    "If the 1930s can teach us one key lesson, it is the need to organize. Nothing changes when people do not engage in the long and difficult work of building a diverse, multi-cultural, working class movement from the ground up. This includes artists. Fortunately, the 1930s provides us with multiple examples of how artists worked collectively to confront the economic crisis of their time."

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    "The truth of art lies in its power to break the monopoly of established reality to define what is real." - Herbert Marcuse

     

     

    "I am the dancing imbalance of the stars."
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    Mad Girl’s Love Song

    “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead
    I lift my lids and all is born again
    the stars go waltzing out in blue and red
    I think I made you up inside my head

    I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
    and sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane
    I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead
    I think I made you up inside my head

    I fancied you’d return the way you said
    but I grow old and I forget your name
    I should have loved a thunderbird instead
    at least when spring comes they roar back again

    I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead
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