For over 40 years, Edna Hibel has been referred to as America's best loved and most versatile artist, and best colorist. Since being commissioned by the Foundation of the U.S. National Archives in 1995 to commemorate 75 years of women receiving the universal right to vote, Hibel is now acclaimed the "Heart and Conscience of America." when Ms. Lucy Baines Johnson, of the U.S. National Archives described her as such.
Artist Edna Hibel Plotkin, famous for her Mother and Children series of paintings and lithographs, died at the age of 97 in Palm Beach Gardens. She is missed, not only for her beautiful artwork, but also for her charity that touched so many.
The Hibel Museum of Art, founded in 1977 in Palm Beach and now housed on Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter campus, has more than 2,000 original paintings, sculptures and porcelain works.
Edna Hibel Plotkin grew up in Boston and raised her children there, eventually making Palm Beach County her home for more than 45 years. She lived and worked in the Singer Island home she shared with her husband, Theodore Plotkin, who died in 2012.
Edna Hibel graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1939 and studied in Mexico on a fellowship. When she returned to Boston at the age of 23, she was one of the youngest artists at the time to have a piece of her work bought by a major American museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
She traveled the world with her husband and three sons, with her art shown in more than 20 countries, across four continents.
Though her paintings and lithography ranged from landscapes to portraits, she is most famous for her Mother and Children paintings, which have been compared with Mary Cassatt’s work and other Impressionist art.