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 Bertha Louise (Liza) Rublee Hellman  (1900 - 1976)



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Lived/Active: Texas/New Mexico      Known for: easel and mural painting-florals, teaching

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Bertha Hellman Rublee (1900-1976)

Bertha Louise  "Liza"  Hellman (Mrs. Charles Rublee) was born in La Grange.  She grew up in Houston.  She attended Rice Institute and then received a scholarship to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There she studied with Daniel Garber, Arthur Beecher Carles, and Henry Bainbridge McCarter. She traveled to France where studied with Vaclav Vytlacil and André Lhote and with Howard Schleeter in New Mexico. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston honored her with her first solo exhibition in 1925. 

In Houston, her basement studio was a gathering place for the arts community. She was excellent printmaker, watercolorist and painter exhibiting with and at the Southern States Art League,  Texas Fine Arts Association,  New Orleans Art Association, Texas Watercolor Society, San Antonio Art League,  Texas Centennial Exhibition in 1936, and the Davis Wildflower Exhibition in 1927. 

A Public Works Project during the 1930s, her mural, Commemoration of the Meeting of the Governments in 1874, was created for the U.S. Post Office in Houston.  Her husband was in the military, and she spent time with him in Spain and Morocco while expanding her subject matter. 

In Houston she operated the Southern School of Fine Arts in Houston before moving to San Antonio in the 1940’s.  She lived in Albuquerque from 1949 – 1955 where she was actively involved in the arts and moved to move non-objective works.  Returning to San Antonio she continued teaching art and exhibiting in local San Antonio galleries and art competitions.


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A painter, muralist, teacher and writer, Bertha Hellman was prominent in Texas art in the mid 20th century.  She was born in La Grange, Texas and raised in Houston.  She attended Rice Institute and took further instruction from Daniel Garber, Arthur Carles and Henry McCarter at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Then from 1932 to 1933, she was in Paris and studied with Andre Lhote and Vaclav Vytlacil. 

Returning to Houston, she was proprietor of the Southern School of Fine Arts until the 1940s when she moved to San Antonio.  In 1949, she became a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Bertha Hellman was married to Charles Rublee.  She died in San Antonio in 1976 and is buried in the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.

Her work is in the Pennsylvania Academy and the Southern School of Fine Arts.  Memberships included the Southern States Art League, Associated Artists of Houston and the Texas Fine Arts Association.

John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists

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