Depicting some workmen, this pen and ink drawing is in perfect condition. Professionally framed, it is on heavy buff paper, and matted with a cream linen-type matte. The frame has a few dings, which could be rubbed out with some stain.
It measures 23 1/4" by 17 3/4" outside, inside matte approx. 14" by 9 1/2". There is an inscription in, I presume, Hungarian - something to do with Puerto Vallarta.
Francis de Erdely (1904–1959) was renowned in Europe and the United States for his powerful figure paintings and drawings as well as for his teaching abilities. Born in Hungary, he fled to America in 1944.
De Erdely was dean of the Pasadena Art Institute School from 1944 to 1946. In 1948, he became faculty of the Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles. He was professor of painting at the University of Southern California from 1945 until his death on November 28, 1959.
His work is in the permanent collections of the museums of Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Mons, Bratislava, Algiers, Jeu de Paume, Detroit Institute of Arts, M. H. De Young Memorial Museum of San Francisco, Los Angeles County Museum, Pasadena Art Institute, Denver Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
My mother studied under him at USC, and owned a small collection of his work, which I will be listing here.
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