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Lily Furedi

May 20, 1896 - November 1, 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 The Village. Her works were shown in group shows throughout the that decade.

Furedi was employed under the government’s Public Works of Art program created under the 1934 New Deal. She painted one of her most recognizable works: The Subway (1934) for them. President and Mrs. Roosevelt designated The Subway as one of the best pieces in a White House show of 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 an ordinary scene with refined beauty.

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