Helen Siegl (1924-2009) was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. She studied art under Professor Oswald Haetel at the Academie Fur Angewandte Kunst. She applied and then received an apprenticeship with Haetel and worked in his studio from 1946 to 1951. In 1952, Siegl moved to Montreal, Canada, and shortly thereafter married Theodor Siegl, Conservator of Paintings for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After moving to and living in Philadelphia, Helen became an American citizen in 1959.
During her career, Helen Siegl gained a large reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations. As a printmaker, Siegl was well known for her innovative techniques, often combining wood blocks, linoleum block, etchings and even plaster blocks within the same work of art. Helen's plaster block technique appeared in the American Artist magazine in May 1955. She also gave lectures on the subject at The Print Center. Siegl was a fixture of the Philadelphia print community and we are pleased to be able to bring this wonderful artist's work to another generation of collectors.