Phyllis (Pele) de Lappe

Artist's Biography


Pencil, white chalk on brown paper, 1932.
Image size 14 5/8 x 16 3/4" (37.6 x 45 cm).
Overall good condition. Small tears in upper and lower margins - repaired.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 97138
Price: $3,300.00
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Pele de Lappe created the graphite and Conte crayon drawing of subway riders in 1932. This striking and beautifully proportioned piece is drawn on a sheet of 15 x 19” brown paper. Raised in a ‘bohemian’ home de Lappe moved from San Francisco to New York at age 15 studying at The Art Students’ League with Kenneth Hayes Miller, John Sloan, and Charles Locke. This drawing was made during her few years in NYC – the artist returned to the west coast in 1934.

Phyllis "Pele" Murdock de Lappe, also known as Pele de Lappe (1916–2007) was an American artist, known for her social realist paintings, prints, and drawings. Additionally, she also worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, illustrator, and political cartoonist. Pele de Lappe led a full, vibrant life advocating social justice through her artwork, writing, and physical presence at protests and strikes. Signed and dated in pencil lower right.
20th Century Subjects , Transportation , Subways