|Beatrice Levy - Aura|
I had a very pleasant morning down at Balboa Park utilizing the research library and voluminous photo archive at the San Diego History Center. An editor friend was researching an upcoming article. The archive has millions of photos of the region dating back 150 years and lithographs and drawings too. The staff was so very helpful and we went through volume after volume before finally cornering our elusive quarry.
Afterwards another nice lunch at Cucina Urbana, the vasi with burrata and garlic, a chicken skin and prosciutto and fried egg pané and salad. My friend had the squash blossoms. A great meal.
I love to research. It is one of the most satisfying components of my life as an art and antique dealer. Because I learn something every day and for some strange reason that is very important to me. Like this drawing from my recent haul in the desert. Probably not worth very much but it opened up a field of inquiry or two in my brain.
|Beatrice Levy - Courtesy - Blue Heron Gallery|
This is a drawing of Leonard Bloomfield by Bea Levy. Very competent pencil sketch. So now we have two questions right off the bat - who is Leonard Bloomfield and who was Bea Levy? Thankfully both of these individuals left clear imprints in the sands of time.
Here I borrow from Wiki:
Leonard Bloomfield (April 1, 1887 – April 18, 1949) was an American linguist who led the development of structural linguistics in the United States during the 1930s and the 1940s. His influential textbook Language, published in 1933, presented a comprehensive description of American structural linguistics. He made significant contributions to Indo-European historical linguistics, the description of Austronesian languages, and description of languages of the Algonquian family.
Bloomfield's approach to linguistics was characterized by its emphasis on the scientific basis of linguistics, adherence to behaviorism especially in his later work, and emphasis on formal procedures for the analysis of linguistic data. The influence of Bloomfieldian structural linguistics declined in the late 1950s and 1960s as the theory of Generative Grammar developed by Noam Chomsky came to predominate.
|Beatrice Levy (1872-1974) etching Aldine Square (alternate title is Delivery in Old Town) 1938 ed. 9/50|
Courtesy - Blue Heron Gallery
Bloomfield was from Chicago, taught German and Philology (the study of literature and of disciplines relevant to literature or to language as used in literature.) He did seminal work in Sanskrit, Tagolog, Ojibwa, a panoply of languages. Obviously a brilliant man.
Beatrice Levy was an etcher, engraver, block printer, drawing specialist, and teacher. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under Ralph Clarkson and with Charles W. Hawthorne in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She had a studio in Chicago’s 57th Street Art Colony.
Her work was exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (1915), the Century of Progress in Chicago (1933-1934), and the New York’s World’s Fair (1939).
Levy was President of the Chicago Society of Artists, Supervisor of the Works Progress Administration Art Project Gallery, and Supervisor of the Easel Painting Division in 1936 for the Federal Art Project. In 1950 she moved to California, where she taught at the La Jolla Museum School of Arts and Crafts (1961-1962) and continued to exhibit her work.
Birth place: Chicago, IL
Death place: La Jolla, CA
Addresses: Chicago, 1947; La Jolla, CA, 1973
Studied: AIC; Charles Hawthorne; Vojtech Preissig.
Exhibited: Chicago SE, 1914-19, 1922-31, 1935-45; AIC, 1917, 1919, 1922-23, 1928-40, 1942-46, 1949 (prizes, 1923, 1930); Pan-Pacific Expo, San Fran., 1915 (prize); Carnegie Inst., Pittsburgh, PA, 1929; PAFA Ann., 1923-24, 1929, 1931; SE, 1938, 1940, 1944-45; NAD, 1945-46; LOC, 1945-46; Fifty Prints of the Year, 1932-33; Springfield Acad., 1928 (prize); Chicago SA, 1928 (prize); Ceramic Traveling Exh., Yokohama, Japan, 1963-64; Coronado AA (prize) & San Diego FA Guild (prize)
Member: Chicago SA; Chicago SE; Chicago AC; San Diego FA Guild; Renaissance Soc., Univ. Chicago; La Jolla Mus. Art
Work: AIC; Chicago Munic. Coll.; Bibliothèque Nat., Paris, France; Los Angeles Mus. Art; LOC; FA Gal. San Diego; Smithsonian Inst., Wash., DC; Vanderpoel Coll.; Corona Mundi Coll., NYC
Sources: WW73; WW47; Falk, Exh. Record Series.
Well Beatrice, just when did you meet the handsome and bright boychik Leonard? Any sparks?
In any case, you nailed his likeness very well. Good job.
The San Diego Museum of Art has a number of Levy's works including this 1953 lithograph, Juggler:
Look forward to seeing what else I can dig up about this pair. Would like to buy her modernist lithos if you are selling for a reasonable sum.