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Reforestation

Reforestation

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Description
Helen West Heller (1872–1955) used strong patterns and thick lines to communicate her ideas graphically. Many of her prints convey narrative themes, reflecting her early work as both painter and poet. As she was born on a small farm in Illinois, it is not surprising that her subject matter often included figures interacting with nature. Mainly self-taught as an artist, she studied at the Art Students League in New York and the St. Louis School of Fine Arts. She produced mural series and prints as part of the Works Progress Administration/Federal Arts Project during the Depression. In her woodcut Reforestation three men are replanting small trees. This image is the middle section of a triptych called American Soil that featured agricultural workers on government New Deal projects.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Print
Object Type
Woodcut
Date made
1935
maker
Heller, Helen West
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 28.1 cm x 24.5 cm; 11 1/16 in x 9 5/8 in
sheet: 40 cm x 31.9 cm; 15 3/4 in x 12 9/16 in
ID Number
GA.20063
catalog number
20063
accession number
182887
subject
Trees
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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