Belle Baranceanu

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Belle Goldschlager Baranceanu (July 17, 1902 – January 17, 1988) was an American artist.

She was born Belle Goldschlager in Chicago, Illinois (Baranceanu was her mother's maiden name).[1] Her parents, both Romanian Jewish immigrants,[2] separated during Belle's early childhood, and she grew up on her maternal grandparents' farm in North Dakota.[3]


She studied at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts under Anthony Angarola, to whom she was engaged until his death in 1929. Active in Chicago during the 1920s as a teacher and exhibitor, she worked in Los Angeles, California in 1927–1928.[4] She moved to San Diego in 1933. During the Great Depression she painted murals in the La Jolla post office and Roosevelt Jr. High School as part of the Public Works of Art Project.[5]

She exhibited her work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, and others. Baranceanu taught at the La Jolla School of Arts & Crafts and Frances Parker School. She died in La Jolla on January 17, 1988.


  1. ^ Kovinick & Yoshiki-Kovinick 1997, p. 344.
  2. ^ "Belle Baranceanu", Sullivan Goss, retrieved January 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Belle Baranceanu (1902–1988)", San Diego History Center, retrieved July 19, 2012.
  4. ^ Landauer, Gerdts, & Trenton 2003, p. 63.
  5. ^ Crocker Art Museum


  • Hughes, E. M. (1986). Artists in California, 1786-1940. San Francisco, CA: Hughes Pub. ISBN 0-9616112-0-0
  • Kovinick, P., & Yoshiki-Kovinick, M. (1997). The woman artist and the American West: A biographical dictionary. American studies series. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-79063-5
  • Landauer, S., Gerdts, W. H., & Trenton, P. (2003). The not-so-still life: A century of California painting and sculpture. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-23938-5

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