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Tea Dance

1938
9 7/16 x 10 7/8 in. (24 x 27.6 cm)

Hilda Altschule Coates (aka Hilda Altschule)
American (Russia, 1900 - 1983, Rochester, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Linocut
Credit Line: Bequest of Isabel C. Herdle
Accession Number: 2005.73
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Hilda Altschule Coates
American (born Russia), 1900 – 1983

Tea Dance, 1938
Linocut

Bequest of Isabel C. Herdle, 2005.73


Hilda Altschule Coates was primarily a self-taught artist who was a painter and a sculptor as well as a printmaker. In the 1950s she was one of the founders of the Arena Group, the first artists’ group in Rochester to promote the work of contemporary artists.

Coates was honored in 1945 with the Lillian Fairchild Award for painting. This award has been given annually by the University of Rochester since 1924 to a Rochesterian in recognition of his or her single contribution of a creative work.


Linocut is a relief technique. A design is cut with sharp tools onto a thin block of linoleum mounted on wood. The raised uncut surface is inked, paper is put on top of the block, and a brayer is rolled across the surface to transfer the ink to the paper. Areas that have been cut away remain white, or the color of the paper.

Excerpted from installation text, Aug. 2011
Colleen Piccone, Curatorial Dept.

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