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Lily Furedi

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05/20/1896 - 11/01/1969

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Lily Furedi was a Hungarian-American painter, sculptor, and muralist. Furedi first came onto the scene in 1931, when she won a prize at the Argent Gallery’s Christmas exhibition for the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors for her painting titled, The Village. Her works were in multiple group shows throughout the remainder of the decade. Furedi became employed under the government’s Public Works of Art program in accordance with the New Deal in 1934, and for them, she painted one of her most recognizable works: The Subway (1934). President Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt designated The Subway as one of the best pieces in a White House show of twenty-five artworks selected from the Public Works of Art program. In 1937 Furedi joined the Federal Art Project as a muralist until 1940. The Subway arguably remains her most significant piece, depicting a typically mundane scene with refined beauty and breaking social norms by looking directly at the passengers of her subway car, thereby forcing viewers to break this isolating social practice alongside Furedi.

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