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WPA Sculpture Girl Riding a Horse c.1940

Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Aluminum
W. 24 in; H. 14 in; D. 5 in;
W. 60.96 cm; H. 35.56 cm; D. 12.7 cm;
Condition Excellent. Some oxidation to metal , with professional repair to base of tail.
Creation Date 1940
Description A WPA aluminum sculpture by Dina Melicov (1905–1969) who was an American sculptor and painter, born in Russia she moved to America as a very young woman. She studied at The Educational Alliance Art School and graduated from Wadleigh High School for Girls and studied with Solon Borglum. Melicov was a member of the Sculptors Guild and the National Association of Women Artists. She worked for the Federal Art Project. Her works include a 1942 statue of Dr. Joseph Priestley, sculpted of red mahogany, located at the Northumberland, Pennsylvania Post Office and Head of a Child for Public School 216 in New York City. Although she was a prolific producer of art she received very little recognition during her life time. Much of work was placed into storage and lost when she could not pay the storage fees or the rent for her studio. This sculpture was displayed by the Federal Art Project and is one of a few pieces of her work that survived today.
Her papers are held at the Archives of American Art (AAA), with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Styles / Movements Modern
Incollect Reference Number 299430
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