(1910 - 1964)
Veronica Helfensteller was active/lived in Texas, New Mexico. Veronica Helfensteller is known for landscape painting, printmaking, animals and fantasy figures, etching.
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Veronica Helfensteller (1910-1964)
Watercolorist. Born in Texas on February 7, 1910.
Helfensteller studied at the St Louis School of Fine Arts, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, and Fort Worth School of Fine Arts.
Most of her life was spent in Fort Worth, Texas.
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VERONICA HELFENSTELLER (1910-1964)
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Veronica Helfensteller was born in 1910 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was interested in art from a young age and studied under Sallie Blythe Mummert before attending the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at the age of eighteen. She went on to attend the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Fort Worth School of Fine Arts and in 1937 took on a sketching tour of Europe, broadening her studies under Hungarian masters.
Upon her return, Helfensteller exhibited widely throughout the United States; her pieces were exhibited in the Fort Worth Local Artists Show and in various presentations by the American Watercolor Society in New York.
Her work was also sponsored by the National Academy and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and she participated in various group exhibitions in California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Maine, Ohio and others.
In addition to her paintings, Helfenstteller was an accomplished printmaker and over time became experimental in her techniques, creating new pieces and learning from fellow artists for whom she opened up her studio as a haven for experimenting with various etching techniques.
Helfensteller’s work is characterized by a realistic style with dramatic contrasts of light and dark. She often favored animals and fantasy figures for subject matter to evoke a brooding sentiment in many of her gouache works.
Selected Biographical and Career Highlights
1910, Born in Fort Worth, Texas
1928, Studies at St. Louis School of Fine Arts. St. Louis, Missouri
Attends Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Fort Worth School of Fine Arts
1937, Sketching tour of Europe
1943, Takes first prize in Texas General Exhibition, Dallas, Texas
1948, Moves to Santa Fe, New Mexico
1964, Dies in Santa Fe, New Mexico
American Water Color Society, New York City
American Society of Etchers, New York City
National Academy, New York City
Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth Art Association, Fort Worth, Texas
Selected Public Collections
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
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