Minna Citron


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Painter and printmaker. After working as an American Scene realist during the 1920s and 1930s, she later turned to abstraction. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Minna Wright grew up in Brooklyn. She married and had two children before she began her art training. After that, she never hesitated. Her last show of new work took place in a New York gallery in 1990, the year before she died at the age of ninety-five. Citron first studied painting, in 1924–25, with Russian-born painter and printmaker Benjamin Kopman (1887–1965) at the Brooklyn Museum's school. She enrolled in 1928 at the Art Students League, where Kenneth Hayes Miller most influenced her work. In 1934 she divorced her husband in order to devote her life to art. In the early 1930s she painted the urban scene around Union Square, following the lead of Miller and other artists of the Fourteenth Street School. At this time, spurred by admiration for the nineteenth-century French painter and caricaturist Honoré Daumier, she acutely observed the city's denizens with fond humor. By the later thirties, her art grappled with social problems as she also served as an art teacher and muralist for federal art projects. In the early 1940s, while studying printmaking at Atelier 17, she not only learned technical skills but also came to admire the abstract art that predominated there. As she moved away from representation in later work, in both painting and printmaking she made use of textured surfaces and accidental effects. She died in Manhattan.

Subjects: Art.

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