de Lappe, Phyllis

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de Lappe, Phyllis

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"Phyllis (Pele) de Lappe (1916-2007), artist, labor cartoonist and social activist, was born in San Francisco in 1916. Versed by her father, the commercial artist Wes de Lappe, in Marxism and life studies (caricatures), she began her art studies at California School of Fine Arts in 1930 under Arnold Blanch. The following year, at the age of fifteen, de Lappe moved to New York and Woodstock, New York where she lived with Arnold and Lucile Blanch. She enrolled in the Art Students’ League in 1932 where she studied with Edward Lansing, Kenneth Hayes Miller, John Sloan and Charles Locke. She learned the technique of lithography from Adolf Dehn. Pele was naturally full of life and curiosity. While living in the east she went to dance marathons in New Jersey and the nightclubs of Harlem. De Lappe worked with Siqueiros, and modeled for and assisted Diego Rivera on the Rockefeller Center murals." (


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2017/04/11 K. Cohen-Palacios: Created.



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