Vintage Riva Helfond Limited Edition Village Watercolor Lithograph - Artist Signed

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Vintage Riva Helfond Limited Edition Village Watercolor Lithograph - Artist Signed

Condition consistent with age and history. Some minor foxing to lithograph. Please use zoom feature to check item condition and contact us with any questions prior to purchasing. Thank you.

Listed New York/New Jersey Artist.

Riva Helfond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family. She spent some of her childhood in Russia and returned to New York at the age of eleven, living in New York or New Jersey for most of the rest of her life. Between 1928 and 1940, she studied at the School of Industrial Art and the Art Students League; her teachers included William von Schlegell, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Morris Kantor for painting and Harry Sternberg for printmaking. Among her fellow students were Alexander Brook and her future husband, the sculptor William (Bill) Barrett.

Helfond began teaching in the College Art Association Program (1933–36) and then taught printmaking at the Harlem Arts Community Center (1936–38). Initially she taught lithography alongside Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and others before moving to the graphic arts division, where she worked with Louis Lozowick and Jacob Kainen, and the silkscreen division, which was supervised by Anthony Velonis and which had Harry Gottlieb and Elizabeth Olds as founding members. Among her students at the Center was Robert Blackburn, who would go on to found New York's Printmaking Workshop in the 1940s. Later on, Helfond taught printmaking at New York University (1964).

Limited Edition Size: 20/40

Approximate Frame Dimensions: 20.25" wide x 16.25" high x .75" deep

Approximate Art Dimensions: 14.75" wide x 10.75" high 

Approximate Weight: 4.5 lbs.