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The following information was submitted by Elaine Felhandler:Born
in Tacoma, Washington, on March 18, 1903, she studied painting and
sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, San Diego (1921-1923),
California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco (1923-1925), and the Art
Students League, New York (1926-1929). After her return to San
Francisco in 1929, her interests turned to jewelry design, and she
subsequently studied metal craft with Armin Hairenian. While continuing
to paint, de Patta devoted more and more time to her metal work, and by
1935 she had a workshop in her home.
In 1941, she went to
Chicago, Illinois, to study with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy at the School of
Design. Margaret de Patta was a founding member of the San
Francisco Metal Arts Guild, and is considered a leader in the American
Modernist Jewelry movement.
Her work is in the collections of
the Oakland Museum, The British Museum in London, The Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of Art, and
the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Margaret de Patta died in 1964.
Edan Hughes, Artists in California 1786-1940
Jewelry of Margaret de Patta, A Retrospective Exhibition (February
3-March 28, 1976), The Oakland Museum (essay by Yoshiko Uchida)
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|Born in Washington on March 18, 1903. DePatta was a student of Laszlow Moholy-Nagy. By the 1930s she had moved to San Francisco. She died there on March 19, 1964. She was the wife of Eugene Bielawski. |
Exh: San Diego FA Gallery; CPLH, 1944. In: Oakland Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
SF Chronicle, 5-14-1944; Death Record
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