BORN: 1919, Milwaukee, WI
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As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Fein worked with Prof. James Watrous in the art history techniques laboratory. Here, she developed an affinity for experimenting with complex recipes for egg temperas, her favored medium. She also studied drawing with Roland Stebbins and design and commercial techniques with Jon van Koert.
Fein, however, always counted Marshall Glasier, who taught her "the value of drawing above anything else," as the person who most influenced her understanding of art. In fact, Marshall Glasier was instrumental for bringing together the group of artists, which included John Wilde, Fein, Dudley Huppler, Karl Priebe, and Gertrude Abercrombie. In their own individual ways, they each "made art that explored the irrational and revealed the fantastic in the everyday." Fein and Wilde were especially stricken by the uncertainty of the world during World War II, and their work showed it.
While Fein did few paintings that are specifically autobiographical, she closely resembles the women in many of her paintings.
In 1944, Fein re