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biography of Helen K. FORBES (1891-1945)

Birth place: San Francisco

Death place: San Francisco

Addresses: San Francisco/Palo Alto, CA in 1941

Profession: Painter, etcher, muralist

Studied: San Francisco IA, with Van Sloun, Hansen, Groeber, Leyden and with Lhote in Paris.

Exhibited: San Francisco AA, 1913; CPLH, 1919 (hon. mention); Pasadena Art Inst., 1928; San Francisco Soc. Women Artists, 1930 (prize), 1934 (prize); LACMA, 1932; San Diego MFA, 1932; Calif. State Fair, 1934 (prize); GGE, 1939; 48 States Comp.; Beaux Arts Gallery; Gump's

Member: Nat. Soc. Mural Painters; Calif. SE; Palo Alto AC; San Francisco Mural Soc.; San Francisco Soc. Women Artists; San Francisco AA; San Francisco Art Center.

Work: SFMA; FA Gallery, San Diego; Mills College, CA; Fleishacker Zoo Mother House, San Francisco; WPA mural, USPO, Merced, Monrovia, Susanville, all California.

Comments: Forbes painted landscapes at Mono Lake in the late 1920s, Death Valley in the early 1930s and Virginia City, NV. Teaching: Univ., Calif., Berkeley, 1930s.

Sources: WW40; Hughes, Artists of California, 186; P&H Samuels, 174.


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