Margaret in 1981 in Miami, FL,
printmaking at Shirley Green's studio.
Photo: Unknown



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Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation


AUTHOR: Lois Katz
417 pages
Hard cover stitch binding (9 x 12)
57 black & white drawings
87 full color plates
100 mini color plates
ISBN: 0-615-12643-X
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: James Hart, Dan Morse, Joe D’Alessandro
DESIGNED BY: Miguel Benavides
PRINTED BY: Toppan Printing
PUBLISHED BY: Nouveau Ventures Unlimited, Inc., in association with Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation

PRICE: $99.00

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A Lifetime of Imaging: The Art of Margaret Lefranc by Lois Katz, former curator of the Brooklyn Museum and Arthur Sackler Collections (Nouveau Ventures Unlimited, Inc., in association with the Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation, 2007), presents the life and work of American modernist Margaret Lefranc (1907Ė1998). Lefrancís career spans more than 77 years during which she created paintings, drawings, prints and award-winning book illustrations. She was also a writer and editor.

Born in New York state, Lefranc found her way to the major art centers of the world: Berlin, Paris and New York City, and across the U.S. from Florida to New Mexico (Nambe, Santa Fe and Taos). A Lifetime of Imaging traces Lefrancís artistic development from the ages of 14 to 90, with an interpretive text by Katz. The text includes many interviews and highlights Lefrancís relationships with major artists and writers of her time, including painter Georgia OíKeeffe, poet W.H. Auden and photographer Laura Gilpin.

The catalogue is an important addition to the study of art in the 20th century, particularly the art of women artists. Beautifully designed and printed, this catalogue is an excellent choice for private and public institutions and personal libraries. It includes a foreword by Stuart A. Ashman, cabinet secretary for cultural affairs and former director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico; a preface by Sandra McKenzie, president and director of the Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation; and an afterword by Susan R. Ressler, professor emerita, visual arts, Purdue University.

To read an excerpt from the catalogue, in which Lefranc talks about her life-altering trip to the West, click here.

"...Lois Katz's meticulous research and lucid text help to reconstruct the artistic period, situating Lefranc's art historically, and thus making this catalogue an invaluable resource."

--Susan R. Ressler, Professor Emerita, Visual Arts, Purdue University

"Lois Katz's book, A Lifetime of Imaging: The Art of Margaret Lefranc, brings to life the remarkable story of Margaret Lefranc, and it is a beautiful display of Lefranc's art."

Martin Buoncristiani, Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Christopher Newport University 



Margaret Lefranc left to the foundation a number of small etching plates formerly used in Miami (Coconut Grove), Florida, in 1958 and 1959 to make very limited edition prints on her own press. In 1998 Margaret gave approval to Sandra McKenzie, President of the Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation, and Ron Pokrasso, Master Printermaker, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to pull posthumously only two hundred limited edition prints from four of these plates.

  Audrey Playing Recorder, 1957
Image 9 1/4 x 5 3/4
On paper 13 1/4 x 9 1/2
Available: 85

Price: $199

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  Barrels on Construction Lot, 1957
Image Size 6" x 8"
On paper 9 3/4" x 13 3/4"
Available: 45

Price: $199

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  Small Violin and Recorder, 1958
Image 8 1/4" x 3 1/2"
On paper 13 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Available: 45

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  Recorder Player (Stewart Wheeler), 1957
Image 10 3/4" x 5 3/4"
On paper 13 1/2 x 10
Available 25

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