TWO ORIGINAL FRANCIS DE ERDELY DRAWINGS: SPANISH CIVIL WAR
Date Published: n.d.
Condition: one of the paper drawings has marginal wear and some chippings, the other one (still mounted in cardboard frame) is in mint condition)
Size: 23x30cm each
Book Id: 67121
two ink drawings
Francis De Erdely portrays the Spanish Civil War in these two drawings. De Erdely (1904-1959) was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1904 where he studied at the Royal Academy of Art. He continued his studies at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, and in Paris at the Sorbonne and l'Ecole de Louvre. De Ederly abandoned war torn Europe and arrived in New York in the late 1930s. He had exhibited in Budapest and won prizes as early as 1925. He began a new, successful career in the United States; in 1939 he exhibited in New York City, in 1940-1944 at the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1941. Through the next decades he exhibited at the Corcoran, the Carnegie Institute, the de Young Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. De Erdely was an important teacher, first at the Netherlands Art Academy in The Hague, and then at the Pasadena Museum School, and from 1945 until he died he was a professor of art at the University of Southern California. His influence on the art community of Southern California cannot be overstated; he was one of the most respected teachers of art for more than a generation. De Erdely was a modernist with roots in the techniques of the Cubists and the tradition of Cezanne. Typical of his Eastern European experience his subjects are often filled with angst, but ultimately his works are a celebration of the human experience, like many of the artists of l'…cole de Paris. He was a brilliant draftsman, a sophisticated colorist, a master of composition, expressive, and innovative. A tall imposing figure, often described as an eccentric bohemian; he was known to wear a long black cape and a large brimmed hat. He frequented the coffee houses and Jazz clubs that proliferated the local scene after World War II. De Ederly is represented in every major museum in California, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His works are also in the collections of the de Young Museum, the Cranbrook Academy and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. SET OF TWO.