Wladyslaw Benda (1873-1948)
Born in Poland, Wladyslaw Benda first studied in Europe before coming to this country and continuing his study at The Chase School under Robert Henri. Working primarily in charcoal, watercolor, and pastel, he created the "Benda Girl," one of the many pretty-girl types that could be found on magazine covers throughout the first three decades of the twentieth century. He also did a great number of magazine story illustrations, where his subject matter tended toward the exotic. Benda’s most important contribution to the arts came later in his career, however, when he created a large variety of unique theatrical masks.


Black-Haired Woman in Flowered Dress 1926

Watercolor on paper, 21 inches x 18 inches

Collier's, January 23, 1926, cover


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