Elfriede Abbe

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Elfriede Abbe
Birth name Elfriede Martha Abbe
Born February 6, 1919[1]
Washington, DC[2]
Died December 31, 2012[1]
Nationality American
Field Sculpture
Training Cornell University

Elfriede Martha Abbe (1919-2012) is an American sculptor, wood engraver and botanical illustrator, often displaying nature and simple country living inspired by her Upstate New York home. A self-publisher, Abbe has printed numerous hand-printed books, which she creates on a printing press in her studio.

Personal life & teaching[edit]

Sixth Day by Elfriede Abbe

Elfriede Abbe was born in Washington, D.C. in 1919.[3] She graduated from Cornell University in 1940,[4] earning a degree in architecture and attended Syracuse University.[3] From 1942 until her retirement in 1974 she was an illustrator at Cornell.[4] Upon retirement from Cornell in 1974 she has lived and worked in Vermont, she lived in Manchester, Vermont[5] until her death in 2012. She is represented by Elaine Beckwith Gallery.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Legacy.com Obituary". 
  2. ^ "legacy.com Obituary". 
  3. ^ a b "Artist biographies". Arizona Timebank. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Elfriede Abbe work on exhibit at Cornell's Kroch Library". Cornell Chronicle. 1996. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Elfriede Abbe". Printmaking. Frog Hollow. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011. 
  6. ^ "Elfriede Abbe, Wood Engravings". Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011. 

Published works by Abbe[edit]

  • Abbe, Elfriede. The Plants of Virgil's Georgics: Commentary and Woodcuts By Elfriede Abbe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1965. ISBN 0-8014-0001-5

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