Helena DeKay Gilder
(1848 - 1916)
Helena DeKay Gilder was active/lived in New York. Helena Gilder is known for figure, genre, landscape, portrait.
Biography Helena DeKay Gilder
Helena Gilder, although a painter, is perhaps better known as a founder of the Society of American Artists and the Art Students League, two institutions that broke the strangle hold of the old-guard National Academy of Design. DeKay studied privately with Winslow Homer and John La Farge, and also at the Cooper Union Institute and the National Academy of Design. She and her friend, Maria Oakey, attended the first life-drawing class that was opened to women at the Academy, in 1871.
The two young women alarmed their parents by sharing a studio in New York, where they associated with artists and intellectuals of the day, including Henry James, Abbott Thayer, and John La Farge. De Kay married Richard Watson Gilder, poet and editor of Scri
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