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Goldberg, Lillian C., 1915-1991


Lillian C. Goldberg was born in Canada on June 27, 1915 and came to Denver at the age of seven. While as a student at North High School, she began doing fashion illustrations for local department stores. At age thirty five she turned from commercial art to fine art, studying with Angelo do Benedetto and Frank Vavra. Vavra taught at the University of Denver. Goldberg participated in the “Own your Own” shows at the Denver Art Museum on the 1950s-1960s. She also did solo exhibitions at Denver United States National Bank at Mile High Center in 1960 and 1966.It was around this time that she created the paintings of the “Three Kings” and “Moses” at Congregation Emanuel and “Three Rabbis” at the Jewish Community Center for which she is best known. The Hebrew Educational Alliance displays a related painting. Lillian was married to Ralph Goldberg, proprietor of Sunlight Metal Products, who died in 1979. She is the mother of Dr. Stephen Goldberg, artist Lesleigh Goldberg and Beverly Goldberg-Caffe. The family lived at 314 Eudora Street and belonged to Congregation Emanuel. Lillian died on March 4, 1991. She is buried at Congregation Emmanuel Cemetery in Denver.

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Prize Fighters, circa 1960

Identifier: B193.01.0002.00001
Abstract Oil painting of boxers titled "Prize Fighters" (written on the back). Two boxers are fighting in the ring with an out-of-focus crowd in the background. Boxer in red crouches in a defensive pose while the boxer in black sends a punch over the other boxer's head. Signed "Goldberg" on bottom right.
Dates: circa 1960