|About the Artist||(1896-1984) "Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Erna Lange became a highly respected female artist in the early 20th century at a time when successful artists of her gender were much in the minority.
She attended finishing school in Germany and then enrolled in the National Academy of Design in New York as well as Cooper Union and the Art Students League. She took private lessons from Cecilia Beaux, a much renowned figure painter. From 1924 to 1929 Erna attended the Academies Colarossi, Grand Chaumiere, Julian, and Billoul in Paris.
Returning to the United States, she settled for a decade in Elizabeth. In 1930 and 1932 she traveled in the West, spending a winter with the Papago Indians in southern Arizona on the San Xavier del Bac Reservation. She went back to the East taking more classes at the Art Students League and spending several summers at Woodstock, New York.
In 1940 Erna moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she remained the rest of her life, marrying John Babick in 1943, and dying in 1984. She had a studio from which she taught classes for many years, and her personal goal was to paint in all parts of the state. She succeeded and was prolific, completing many landscapes, views of missions, and western people." taken from AskArt.com
Lange is cited in the publication Arizona's Pioneering Women Artists (2012) published by the Museum of Northern Arizona.
|Culture||USA, Arizona, Women Artists|
|Style||Nostalgic Southwestern scene, Painterly Landscape|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Canvas size||24" height X 36" width|
|Frame||Gold finished lip, fabric-wrapped liner, wood molding. Fabric is stained along viewer's right side.|
|Frame size||31 1/2 height X 43 1/2" width|
|Signed||"Erna Lange" at viewer's lower left|
|Date of creation||Between 1940 and 1984|
|Condition||Excellent, as appeared framed.|