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Bernarda B. Shahn, 101, illustrator

ROOSEVELT, N.J. -- Bernarda Bryson Shahn, a painter and illustrator who also supported the career of her husband, renowned artist Ben Shahn, died Monday at her home in an artists' colony. She was 101.

Mrs. Shahn worked in several mediums but gained early recognition for her lithographs.

She wrote and illustrated children's books, including ''The Zoo of Zeus" and ''Gilgamesh." Her portraits of celebrities appeared regularly in several magazines.

Mrs. Shahn continued painting and hosted gallery exhibits well into her 90s. For years she summered in Maine, where she was a central figure in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Born in Athens, Ohio, Mrs. Shahn studied painting, printmaking, and philosophy at Ohio State University.

In 1932, she met her future husband during a trip to New York. A cross-country trip followed, filled with her work on illustrations and lithographs portraying the disappearing American frontier.

Her husband, a foremost artist of the 1930s, made his reputation painting realistic New York scenes from the Great Depression. He died in 1969.

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