Central Park Lake
Lithograph on cream wove paper, circa 1938
Small edition, possibly 20
Signed in pencil lower right
15 x 10 1/8 inches
This lithograph offers a dramatic view of the Central Park Lake as it appeared almost seventy five years ago. Today it is an eighteen acre lake that is something of a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of Manhattan.
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.