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    Veronica Helfensteller (American, 1910-1964)
    The Farm
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed lower right: V. Helfensteller

    Veronica Helfensteller was a leading member of the Fort Worth Circle- a dozen young men and women bound together by the pursuit of modernism in the middle of the twentieth century. She was the group's most experimental female painter, and her imagery often blended animal subjects with fantastical settings strongly influenced by Surrealism. In the 1940s, Helfensteller also experimented with her own take on American Regionalism. Her paintings from this period are rare. In 1943, the artist received the first prize at the Texas General Exhibition, which is probably about the same time she painted The Farm-a unique blending of American Regionalism and Modernism with a touch of folk art naivety and a dreamy, surrealistic mood.

    As a child, Helfensteller studied with Fort Worth artist, Sally Blythe Mummert, and went on to travel and study art extensively throughout her life. Attending the St. Louis School of Fine arts, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Fort Worth School of Fine art as well as attending a sketching tour of Europe. Her artwork was shown throughout the United States including at the National Academy of Design and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. She is represented in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, and the Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas.


    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; minor surface dirt; under UV light, there appears to be no inpaint.
    Framed Dimensions 28.5 X 34.5 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    2nd Saturday
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