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Elizabeth Boyd Hall (1903 - 1974)  Artworks >>

The daughter of Edward A. White, prominent physician, and Susan (Witmer) White, Elizabeth Boyd White Hall was raised in Philadelphia where she attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for four years, 1919-1923. Then she spent two years in Europe, mostly in Paris where she enrolled in the Grand Chaumiere. A return to Philadelphia was followed by a visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1929. Planning to stay for three months, she instead remained there, and also traveled extensively in the Southwest including to Arizona in 1937, and also to Los Angeles from 1946 to 1951. She married three times: Frank W. Andrews, Eugene Van Cleve, and Ned Hall. Signatures on her paintings were E. Boyd and E. Boyd Hall. At first she painted primarily with oil but influenced by the subtle tones of the Southwest, she turned to watercolors including for her entries in 1937 in the International Exhibition of Watercolors at the Brooklyn Museum. During the 1930s, she was active with the Federal Arts Project and took special interest in Spanish Colonial art. In 1951, she became curator of Spanish colonial religious and secular art at the Museum of New Mexico, and later head of the Department of Spanish Colonial Art. In 1974, her book, Popular Arts of Spanish New Mexico, was published. She also did much other scholarly writing and served as art critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican in the 1930s. Source

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