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Norma Bassett Hall

12'' X 15''
Signed Lower Right in Pencil

Most remembered as a woodblock printmaker and one of the founding members of the Prairie Printmakers, Norma Bassett Hall was the only woman member of that group and the only one to establish a reputation exclusively with color prints. She was born and raised in Halsey, Oregon, and took her first art lessons at the School of the Portland Art Association, where she studied for three years. In 1915, she enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating in 1918. There she met her future husband, Arthur William Hall, who was also a student there.

In 1942, the couple moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where her reputation was established for her block prints of the Southwest, especially New MexicoShe began to devote a lot of time to serigraphs of local scenes and also did watercolors. The subjects of the totality of her work reflect the wide travels of the Halls and include Kansas-farm scenes, Oregon landscapes, European scenes and New Mexico pueblos.

source :The Prairie Print Makers by O' Neill & Foreman

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