Lot 2217

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AMERICAN, 1920-2000
Oil on canvas
Lower right signed: Hilda Thorpe; verso signed on canvas: Hilda Thorpe; verso inscribed on stretcher H. Shapiro

Born in Baltimore, Hilda Shapiro Thorpe moved to Alexandria, VA in 1940. Her career began in 1955, when Thorpe enrolled in America University's art program as a mother of three in her mid-thirties. Thorpe found success in painting and sculpture, exhibiting her work locally at the Corcoran Gallery of Fine Art and the Watkins Gallery. Her career emerged alongside Washington Color School artists like Thomas Downing, Kenneth Noland, Gene Davis and Sam Gilliam. In 1971, she joined the sculpture faculty of her alma mater, American University. She continued to exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery, as well as the National Collection of Fine Arts, the Baltimore Museum and the Phillips Collection, among others. Thorpe passed away in 2000. Her work is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Phillips Collection and American University, among others.


  • Estate of Shirley Z. Johnson, board member of the National Museum of Asian Art
  • Dimensions:
  • 68 x 49 in. (172.72 x 124.46 cm.), Frame: 69 1/2 x 50 1/4 in. (176.53 x 127.64 cm.)
  • Artist Name:
  • Medium:
  • Oil on canvas
  • Condition:
  • The work is in good condition - there is some surface dirt on the canvas

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