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Aline Meyer Liebman (1879-1966) was an accomplished artist, collector, and philanthropist who made a significant impact on the art world. Born in Los Angeles, she later moved to New York City in 1893, where she studied at the Art Students League with Charles White and was mentored by several prominent artists of her time, such as Clarence White, Alfred Stieglitz, and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Liebman was already an established artist in the 1930s, with her work featured in several exhibitions in New York City and Paris. Some of her notable exhibitions include the Salons of America group show in Paris, MoMA's Sixty Photographs, and a Strand retrospective. Liebman's first solo exhibition was held in 1936 at the Walker Galleries.
Apart from her artistic career, Liebman was a passionate art collector and supporter of new artists. She was among the earliest supporters of MoMA and encouraged the establishment of a Design department at the museum. She also organized sales of young artists' work and urged Eleanor Roosevelt to support new art.
Throughout her life, Liebman maintained strong connections with prominent figures in the art world. She owned at least three paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe and collected works by Max Ernst, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and others. Liebman had a vast social circle, which also included Thomas Hart Benton, Rose Adler, Edward Weston, Julien Levy, Peggy Guggenheim, and Max Ernst. In 1932, She hosted a dinner for her friends Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera before they left for Detroit.
Aline Liebman's artistic career reached a high point with her inclusion in the Exhibition by 31 Women. Her painting, "Story in Paint” (1935), was selected for the show by Guggenheim and Ernst. Liebman's work was well-received and continued to be exhibited in the years that followed.
In addition to her artistic pursuits, Liebman was also politically engaged, supporting the League of Women Voters and corresponding with the Roosevelts. She designed a poster for the New York League of Women Voters in 1944, which was displayed throughout the city and featured in various publications.
Aline Meyer Liebman's life was marked by her passion for art, her support for fellow artists, and her dedication to philanthropy. As an artist, collector, and advocate for the arts, Liebman left an indelible mark on the art world and set a strong example for future generations of artists and patrons.