Riverside Drive, New York
Lithograph on cream wove paper, circa 1938
Edition of 25
Signed in pencil lower right
11 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches
This lithograph depicts a particularly scenic area of New York City along the Riverside Drive overlooking the Hudson River. Riverside Drive is a thoroughfare that runs throughthe west side of Manhattan. It was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the mid nineteenth century.
Mildred Emerson Williams (1892-1967) was a prominent Michigan artist known for both her paintings and her lithographs. Although she traveled widely, she spent most of her life in the Detroit area.
She studied at two of the most prominent art academies in the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Art Students League in New York. Among her instructors were such luminaries as Robert Henri, George Luks, and John Sloan.
Her work was exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Art Gallery, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Carnegie Institute, and other institutions. Mildred Williams was awarded numerous prizes for her work during the years 1928 through 1940.
These lithographs were created during the time Williams was part of the Federal Arts Project for the Works Project Administration (WPA) in New York.
Mildred Williams returned to Detroit in later years and taught at the Bloomfield Art Association.