Lithograph on cream wove paper, circa 1938
Small edition, possibly 20
Signed in pencil lower right
8 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches
This charming work depicts everyday life in a residential area of Greenwich Village in the 1930s.
The lithograph was created for the WPA, New York City, possibly around 1938. It does not have a WPA stamp.
One impression of this lithograph is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
At one time there was a tear extending from the edge of the margin to just inside of the image. It has been professionally restored, but is visible upon very close inspection. Once the print is matted, this should not be noticeable.
Mildred Emerson Williams (1892-1967) was a prominent Michigan artist known for both her paintings and her lithographs. Although she traveled widely, she spent most of her life in the Detroit area.
She studied at two of the most prominent art academies in the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Art Students League in New York. Among her instructors were such luminaries as Robert Henri, George Luks, and John Sloan.
Her work was exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Art Gallery, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Carnegie Institute, and other institutions. Mildred Williams was awarded numerous prizes for her work during the years 1928 through 1940.
These lithographs were created during the time Williams was part of the Federal Arts Project for the Works Project Administration (WPA) in New York.
Mildred Williams returned to Detroit in later years and taught at the Bloomfield Art Association.