[Helen Siegl, Children’s Book Artist, Printmaker, Papermaker. Large 1952 Woodcut Christmas Greeting on Handmade Paper].
A master printmaker
An attractive printing effort by Helen K. Siegl, a master printmaker, likely printed up for friends and families as a Christmas keepsake. A 2009 obituary provides a thumbnail sketch of this artist’s life. We quote, in part:
HASELBERGER - SIEGL, Helen K. Internationally known artist, Helen K. Siegl, died at her home on January 26, 2009, after a prolonged illness. Helen was born August 18, 1924 in Vienna, Austria. She emigrated to Philadelphia in 1952, where she married Theodor Siegl, Conservator of Paintings for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She retired to Corning, NY in 1989. During her career, Helen Siegl gained a significant reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints, and for her book illustrations. As a printmaker, Siegl was well known for her innovative techniques, often combining etching, wood blocks, linoleum blocks, and even plaster blocks within the same work of art. Siegl’s original prints are now included in the permanent collections of such major galleries as The Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/29/2009.
At the bottom of the image appear the following words: “Ted and Helen Siegl Wish You A Very Merry Xmas.” For more information upon this artist’s life and work we suggest a visit to www.helensiegl dot com which maintains, in part, a database of Helen Siegl’s work, and a database of approximately 2,500 of her original prints.
Description: [Helen Siegl, Children’s Book Artist, Printmaker, Papermaker. Large 1952 Woodcut Christmas Greeting on Handmade Paper].
[Np.] Signed by the artist lower right Helen Siegl and dated 1952, in pencil. 12½ x 10¾ inches. Near fine.