1943 - 1947
Hedda Sterne came to in New York in October 1941 having narrowly escaped German-occupied Romania. Within a year of her arrival she had begun a new series of work based on memories of her childhood in Bucharest. But Sterne’s focus quickly shifted toward her new surroundings.
“I became totally enthralled visually with the United States, so I became like a premature Pop artist. I started painting my kitchen, the kitchen stove, the bathroom appliances, everything where I lived. Then I went out and I painted Ford cars and the Elevated. And then I went to the country and I started painting industrial machines, and then I painted the roads. I became visual when I came here.”
Hedda Sterne, Violin Lesson, 1944, oil on panel, 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in., Collection of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Alfred Wilner, 60.38.1