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Helen Siegl: Fantasy Creatures from the Museum’s Collection

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Helen Siegl (Vienna, 1924–Philadelphia, 2009) studied architecture and design at the Academie für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria. In 1952 she moved to Montreal, Canada, married American conservator Theodor Siegl, and moved to Philadelphia. Siegl used unusual printmaking technique—often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image, including handmade plaster blocks. She designed these when wood was scarce in Vienna during World War II; it helped garner her reputation as a widely respected printmaker.

Siegl gained a reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations. Her book illustrations include The Dancing Palm Tree which was selected one of The Year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books by The New York Times (1990), Aesop’s Fables, and Birds and Beasts (World Publishing).

She was a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Print Club, and her work is included in various collections nationwide, among them the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Academy Art Museum is fortunate to have 49 original prints by Helen Siegl in the Permanent Collection.

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