Through the years I have purchased a number of creations by Charles Bragg, who is one of my very favorite contemporary artists. This small drawing was sold to me by the son of a personal friend of Charles Bragg. Charles Bragg enthusiasts understand that, while lithographs and prints are readily available, original works of art by Charles Bragg are hard to come by; quite rare indeed. 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 -
Title: "The Pope"
Medium: Pen and Ink on a Foil Type Paper.
Size: 6 by 4 inches. Framed under glass 20 by 17 1/2 inches.
Condition: Appears to have no issues. Not examined out of frame.