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1920s/1930s Helen Wills, SFAI, Wimbledon, Diego Rivera


Helen Wills took classes at the School in the 1920s after she studied at Berkeley.  Wills was the inspiration for Diego Rivera’s central figure in his 1931 Pacific Stock Exchange mural, Allegory of California. She painted, wrote poetry, and played tennis, winning 8 Wimbledon championships and 31 grand slams.  According to the indisputable Wikipedia, Wills was the “first American woman athlete to become a global celebrity.”


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.

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