Harlem River Bridges

Elizabeth Olds

Edition c. 25, 1940. Signed, dated titled, and annotated 'Silk Screen' in pencil. Dated '1939 1940' in ink, in the bottom left sheet corner. A fine, painterly impression, with fresh, rich colors, on cream wove paper, with margins (1 1/8 to 1 3/4 inches). Archivally repaired tears in the center-left and center-right sheet edges, traces of printing ink in the bottom center margin, all well away from the image; otherwise in excellent condition. Scarce.

Elizabeth Olds was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She studied at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis School of Art, Art Students League, and privately with George Luks. The first woman to be awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to study painting abroad, Olds traveled to Paris in 1926.

Olds spent the early thirties in the Midwest, where she executed a series of prize-winning lithographs of the Omaha stockyards. She joined the Public Works of Art Project in 1934 in Omaha and began making lithographs depicting the activities of the WPA relief agencies. Later, she moved to New York and worked in the Graphic Arts Division of the Federal Art Project, where she was instrumental in developing screen printing as a fine art medium. The enthusiasm, light-hearted humor, and compassion reflected in her work were a well-received antidote to the difficulties of the Depression-era.

Her work is in the collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Baltimore Museum of Art, Seattle Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, and Glasgow University.

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9 13/16 x 18 1/2 inches