"Deer" Linocut by Belle Baranceanu
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Bellle Baranceanu's woodblock print, Deer, 1937, was accepted for the International Print Show at the Art Institute of Chicago. Purchased ...
Bellle Baranceanu's woodblock print, Deer, 1937, was accepted for the International Print Show at the Art Institute of Chicago. Purchased by the Library of Congress. Block print, 12 x 11 in. San Diego Historical. Society, gift of the artist.
Bellle Baranceanu 1902 - 1988
Original linocut, signed, titled and numbered in pencil
Initialed in block upper right BB
About the Artist: Artist Belle Baranceanu was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 1902 to immigrant parents who separated when she was a youngster. Belle Goldschlager lived with her maternal grandparents on a farm in North Dakota and then attended high school and the Minneapolis School of Art in Minneapolis. She studied with Anthony Angarola, crediting him as being a major influence on her work. They also had a romantic relationship, which offended her orthodox Jewish father because Angarola was Italian-Catholic. However, the couple made plans to marry, but Angarola died in 1929 before the ceremony. In 1932, bitter with her father, she changed her name from Goldschlager, his surname, to Baranceanu, which was the name of her mother.
Meanwhile Baranceanu had left Minneapolis in 1924 for Chicago, where she studied at the Art Institute. Although she gave much credit to her style to Angarola, she had a mature style that was distinctively her own. She did abstract, flattened designs of scenes of Chicago creating "simplified shapes of the buildings into a balanced interplay of form and color." (Kennedy 87).
Baranceanu taught with and studied printmaking with printmaker Todros Geller at the Midwest Art Students League in Chicago in 1930/31, learning Geller’s strong use of black and white.
Belle Baranceanu moved to southern California in 1933. After settling in San Diego, she did murals for the Public Works of Art Project in the La Jolla Post Office and Roosevelt Jr. High School. She was active in the art world there through the early 1960s. In San Diego, she taught at the La Jolla School of Arts & Crafts, San Diego Fine Arts Gallery and Frances Parker School. Baranceanu was a vital force in the local art scene until her demise in La Jolla on Jan. 10, 1988.
Baranceanu was a member of the Chicago Society of Artists; San Diego Art Guild (pres., 1950) and the La Jolla Art Center. She exhibited at the AIC, 1926, 1928, 1931 (Carr prize); Painters & Sculptors of LA, LACMA, 1927, 1928; Kansas City Art Inst., 1927; Calif.-Pacific Intl Expo (San Diego), 1935 (silver medal); GGIE, 1939; San Diego Art Guild, 1940 (1st prize; SFMA, 1941; Carnegie Inst., 1943; Library of Congress, 1943, 1945, 1946; NAD, 1943-46; Denver Museum, 1945; San Diego Co. Administration Bldg, 1980 and UC San Diego, 1985 (retrospectives).
Credit: Crocker Art Museum / AskArt and UCSD less
- 11.0ʺW × 0.1ʺD × 12.0ʺH
- Excellent Minor wear consistent with age and history
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