Belle Goldschlager Baranceanu (1902 - 1988) was born in Chicago to immigrant parents who separated when she was young. Baranceanu lived with her maternal grandparents on a farm in North Dakota and then attended high school and the Minneapolis School of Art in Minneapolis. She studied with Anthony Angarola, crediting him as being a major influence on her work. They also had a romantic relationship, which offended her orthodox Jewish father because Angarola was Catholic. However, the couple made plans to marry, but Angarola died before they could marry.