Edie Harper Birth of Jesus Christ Nativity Family Portrait Signed Serigraph 15"



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Vintage 1979 Frame House Gallery Limited Edition Collector Print of Family Portrait by Edie Harper, showing a whimsical version of the Biblical scene of the first Christmas, with Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus posed in front of a photo studio style backdrop showing the Three Magi, shepherds, and sheep. Serigraph on paper. Pencil signed and numbered 192/750. Includes original cover sheet/folder.

“Edie McKee Harper (March 29, 1922 – January 10, 2010) was an American photographer, artist and wildlife conservationist. Harper made her living as an artist for 60 years, working in many mediums, including sculptures, paintings, textiles, jewelry and lithographs, etc.

Edith Riley K. "Edie" Mckee Harper was born March 29, 1922, in Kansas City, Kansas. Harper was an only child and her family moved frequently in her early years. Eventually, the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, after her father got hired for a position with Procter & Gamble. Harper graduated from Wyoming High School in 1939.

Harper attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati for formal art training, where she took printmaking with Maybelle and Wilson Stamper and color theory with Josef Albers. She met her future husband, the artist Charley Harper in 1940 on their first day at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.[3] When WWII came, Harper contributed to the war effort as an Army Corps of Engineers photographer, while Charley Harper was drafted into the Army. She took photographs of different structures on the home front, such as hydro dams and cement test samples. Edie processed the film in the lab for the Corps of Engineers.[5] Photographs from her war work became highly acclaimed and were shown in an exhibition at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center in 1961.[6][7] After the war ended, both Edie and Charley were able to continue their studies and graduate from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1947. They married shortly after graduation and eventually had one son, also an artist, Brett Harper.[8][9] The newly-minted Harpers drove across America on a six-month honeymoon, camping and creating artworks of the places that they visited, like the Grand Canyon.[10] This period inspired a life-long focus on wildlife for both artists for the remainder of their careers.

Following the war, Harper continued to work in photography, but experimented in many alternate mediums, like pottery, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, painting and lithography. Her work is often over-shadowed by her famous husband, possibly because of the similar themes and graphic style. She has been called "the most under-appreciated photographer in Cincinnati," by curator David Lusenhop Jr.”


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15” x 15” (Width x Height)