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Oil Painting of Beethoven listed artist J , Pollet
American modernist and listed artist Joseph Pollet(1897-1979) has rendered his portrait of Ludwig Van Beethoven. He stands appearing to be giving a lesson in front of a harpsichord. The detail is fine with several figures in the background. Oil rendered on canvas. Signed J P in black in the lower left corner. Canvas measures 12" by 18". Framed piece is 15" by 21". The painting has been relined.His paintings sell for several thousand dollars at auction. c1930
Joseph Pollet was an important member of the Woodstock Art Colony. He emigrated to NYC in 1911 from Albbruck, Germany (born in 1897) and at age 21 had a promising career as an advertising copywriter. While working, he studied painting and his landscapes were immediately successful in NYC galleries. He studied at the Art Student's League with John Sloan, Robert Henri, and Homer Boss. From 1954-61, he lived in Paris and Italy. In 1971 , a fire destroyed 100-150 paintings of his paintings in his Greenwich Village studio. Pollet exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Chicago Art Institue, Brooklyn Museum, Pennsylvania Academy, Los Angeles County Museum, and Carnegie International
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