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Leon Bibel

Price: $3275.00

Leon Bibel (AM 1913-1995) Harbor Scene Serigraph, 1938, ed. 35, 13 7/8 x 19, signed, numbered and dated in pencil. This piece is in excellent condition, extremely rare.

Painter, printmaker and sculptor, Leon Bibel was born in Poland in 1913 but moved with his family to San Francisco as a child. He trained at the California School of Fine Arts and received a scholarship to study under the German Impressionist Maria Riedelstein. He worked in collaboration with Bernard Zackheim, a student of Diego Rivera, to create frescoes for the San Francisco Jewish Community Center and the University of California Medical School. In 1936 Bibel moved from California to join the Federal Art Project at Harlem Art Center. He also taught at both P.S. 94 and Bronx House. Bibel's program in the WPA ended in 1941 and he moved with his wife to South Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1942 Bibel ceased his artistic pursuits and, in order ro support his family, worked as a chicken farmer for twenty years. Resuming his artistic work in the early 1960s, he continued to explore the mediums of painting and sculture until his death.