I am a big fan of Charles Bragg. His works always make me smile, and have so enjoyed the drawings and sculptures that I have acquired through the years.
This beautifully framed self-portrait is a graphite drawing on wove paper. I love original drawings. It's nice to know you have the only one!
The paper size is 5 inches by 6 and 3/4 inches. Signed lower right. It is from the 1980s, and was in the artist's private collection. The frame was expensive, and is perfect for the drawing. It measures 21 inches tall by 23 inches wide. Condition is Very Good to Excellent. This was appraised for $2600.00 when I purchased it. Since original one-of-a-kind pieces are very rarely offered, and generally appreciate through the years, even offering it at the original sale price is quite reasonable, however, I have reduced it even further.
Charles Bragg is a devoted student of the human race. As one of the keenest observers of contemporary times, he has etched his little figures into the American consciousness. If you recognize yourself in the pained expression on one of his characters' faces, it is because Bragg has suffered that bit of tangled reality himself. He is a constant observer, but never an innocent bystander. Bragg is a hopelessly social beast—relaxed, articulate, playful, and very funny—and his sense of humor comes through in his work. He creates from the heart, and chuckles a bit while doing so.
Charles Bragg was born in 1931. He is considered the foremost social satire artist in America, Charles Bragg is highly acclaimed for his cryptic and humorous portraits. Bragg is a spiritual descendent of Bosch, Brueghel and Daumier, all of whom lampooned the foolish elements of society. H.L. Menken said, "Nothing can come out of an artist that is not in the man." Charles Bragg is a case in point, combining a strong sense of humor with thought-provoking opinions. Charles Bragg is a devoted student of the human race. As one of the master observers of contemporary times, he and his little figures have etched their way into the American heart. His is a unique perspective on the human comedy-it is the reassuring viewpoint of the fellow traveler. If you recognize yourself in a painted expression on one of his character's faces-a look so precisely rendered that your empathy is spontaneous and unconscious-it is because Bragg has been to the mountain and suffered that big of tangled reality himself. He is the constant observer, but never the innocent bystander. Born: St. Louis, Missouri, 1931 Resident of Beverly Hills
Studied: High School of Music and Art, New York, NY Art Students League, New York, NY
Taught: UCLA Extension Lectures "This is Art" National Educational TV Network (Subsidized by the Ford Foundation) Selected Group "Childe Hassam Purchase Award" Exhibition - National Academy of ArtsShows: And Letters, "20th Century Americans" - ACA Galleries, NY, "36th Midyear Show" Butler Institute of America, "Looking West" - ACA Galleries, NY, Stampe D' Arle Rome, Italy
One-Man: Long Beach Museum of Art, Upstairs Gallery, Gallerie de Tours, San Francisco, The Huntington Gallery, LI, NY, Gallerie Wolfram, Vienna, Austria, Nahan Gallery, New Orleans, Henkle Galleries, Houston, Galleries Richard P. Hartmann, Munich, Germany, University of Notre Dame, University of FloridaAwards: Gold Medal - National Society of Illustrators, Gold Medal - Artists Guild of Chicago, Award of Merit - Art Directors Guild of New York, Childe Hassam Purchase Award Prize, Award of Excellence ~ Communication Arts Magazine, Certificate of Merit - Art Directors Guild of New York, Award of Distinctive merit, NY, Art Directors 50th Art Exhibition, 2 Awards of Merit - National Society of lllustrators, Gold Medal Communigraphics Exhibition, Certificate of Merit - Society of Publication Designs, Award of Excellence - Graphic Arts Council of Chicago
Museum & Public Collections: Pushkin Museum, Moscow, USSR - Galleria d' Arte, Moderna de Milano Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland - Dayton Art Museum, Ohio - Downey Museum of Art, California - Long Beach Museum of Art, California - Wichita State University Collection - Roswell Museum Collection, New Mexico - Canton Art Institute, Ohio - Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando Florida - University of Wyoming Museum of Art - The Albrecht Museum of Art, St Joseph, Mo - St Lawrence University, Canton, NY - Gibbes Art Center, Charleston, SC - Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan University of Judaism, Los Angeles, Ca - Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska - Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas - Joseph Hirshhorn Collection, National Gallery of Design, NYCommissions: The Center Magazine Playboy Magazine Ramparts Magazine -
Unique Collectibles, Antiques and Fine Arts from Around the World
Never the ordinary...unique items chosen over the last 50 years of travel around the world.