Edna Hibel, American Artist: b. 1917-2014, has had a more than 60-year career as painter and lithographer and promoter of peace through exhibitions of her artwork. She was born in 1917 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was raised in the Boston area and educated at Brookline High School.
Hibel began to paint when she was nine years old and learned watercolor during summers at the shore where her family vacationed in Maine and Hull, Massachusetts, meeting her husband, Mr. Plotkin, who was playing the clarinet while walking home from the beach.
She studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, from 1935-39, receiving a Sturtevant Traveling Fellowship to Mexico. In Boston, in 1966, she began lithography, continuing in 1970 in Zurich, where she worked regularly until her death. In 1939 she graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and was offered a fellowship to study art in Europe, but decided to go to Mexico instead because World War II was looming.
She also has created lithographic works with up to 32 stones (or colors) on paper, silk, wood veneer and porcelain.
Her work included a commission to create a United Nations commemorative stamp and a commission from the Foundation for the National Archives to commemorate the 75th anniversary of women being granted the universal right to vote. Among her celebrity fans was the actress Ginger Rogers, whose portrait she painted and who purchased many of Ms. Hibel’s works.
A critic wrote of her: “Miss Hibel applies her oil paint in thin glazes, building up forms and depths by imposing varied tones and colors one upon another, In less talented hands this technique can often produce fuzzy, blurred canvases of an unresolved nature. She manages to speak with feeling and real carrying power as well.”
At charity events, Ms. Hibel would create a painting on the spot as attendees watched. Then the finished piece was auctioned to the highest bidder for thousands of dollars.
Among Ms. Hibel’s many honors was the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts from the World Cultural Council, in 2001. During her career she raised more than $1 million for charitable organizations, her family said.
Over the decades, she produced thousands of paintings, lithographs, sculptures, and other works, which she exhibited in numerous galleries and a museum dedicated to her work.
“She was a genius, and she was also one of the most thoughtful people I ever knew,” her friend, Nancy Schon said. “Anyone who knew her would tell you she was always on the phone, always talking to friends, always solving their problems. Amazingly, she’d be painting away the whole time.”
This lithograph was created in 1987 using 7 colors and gold on Rives paper , the gold embellishment quite liberally drawn throughout the painting. There is a Certificate of Authenticity on verso, written as Section III, number 29/48 copies, with Rives as the material used.
On the mythology of Vega: The Qixi Festival also known as the Qiqiao Festival describes the separation of Vega, a weaver girl and Altair, a cowherd who fell in love, married and were forced apart by the powers that be, ie: gods. (It's a tale over 2600 years old with hundreds of variations).
Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. ...on this day, the Chinese gaze to the sky to look for Vega and Altair shining in the Milky Way, while a third star forms a symbolic bridge between the two stars.
It was said that if it rains on this day that it was caused by a river sweeping away the magpie bridge or that the rain is the tears of the separated couple. Based on the legend of a flock of magpies forming a bridge to reunite the couple, a pair of magpies came to symbolize conjugal happiness and faithfulness.
Frame is of an embroidered gold color in good condition.
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Frame: 31 1/2" x 26 1/2" Image: 19 1/2" x 14 1/2"