Berta O'Hare Margoulies (Polish/American, 1907-1996) mid-century carved stone sculpture depicting a woman wearing a hooded cloak, kneeling and embracing a child. Signed and dated '57 to the lower back edge. 20" H x 8 1/2" W x 8 1/4" D. 20th century. Provenance: Private Southern collection. Biography: Berta O'Hare Margoulies (Polish/American, 1907-1996) was born in Poland and emigrated with her parents to the United States via Belgium, Holland and England during WWI. She graduated from Hunter College in 1927. She subsequently studied at the Art Students League with Edward McCartan, and in 1928 won a Gardner Foundation Award to study in Paris. She enrolled at the Academie Colarossi and Academie Julian in Paris and briefly attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts. She returned to the United States in 1931 and participated in the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) program throughout the 1930's and 1940's. She won the Avery Award from the Architectural League in 1937 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1946. Additionally, Margoulies became a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City in 1944. Her works have been exhibited at Art Institute in Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. (Adapted from Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Sculptors and Jules and Nancy Heller, North American Women Artists and AskArt). CONDITION: Overall good condition with scattered minor abrasions to stone.
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