Hyde, Helen (1868 - 1919 )

Helen Hyde was an American etcher and woodblock printmaker. Born in Lima, New York, Hyde grew up in California. She attended the California School of Design before she continued her artistic education in Berlin and Paris. During her time in Paris, Hyde was drawn to the French Japonisme. She found profound inspiration in the works of American Impressionist Mary Cassat and soon became known for her color etchings and woodblock prints of women and children. In 1899, Hyde traveled to Japan to study Japanese painting and woodblock printmaking. From 1903 to 1913, Hyde lived in Japan, refining her art and traveling to China, India and Mexico. In 1914, she left Japan and settled in the United States, where she died in 1919. Today, a large collection of her prints can be found in the Library of Congress.

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