American pencil drawing, probably a self portrait by Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), circa 1925. This piece came out of the artist's estate in Riverside, CA.
Art size: 4.5"H x 4"W; Frame: 12"H x 12"W x 2"D
A masterful self-portrait of this successful artist, this delightful sketch is evidence of the skill obtained through a lifetime of self-discipline and study. Although Pushman is best known for his portraits of beautiful women with hazy lines and a soft palette this pencil study is defined and sharp.
Born in Armenia Hovsep began his studies at the tender age of eleven at the prestigious Imperial School of FA in Constantinople. He immigrated to the United States before the turn of the century and settled in Chicago, continuing his studies at AIC. He returned to Europe in 1910, where in Paris he was a student of Lefebvre, Robert-Fleury and Dechenaud at Acadamie Julian. His works earned a bronze medal, Paris Salon, in 1914.
After leaving France he toured the Orient where he developed what was to become his forte, an Oriental style of muted color and soft lines. After returning to Chicago he painted portraits and still lifes. Between 1916-1919 Pushman maintained a studio in the Riverside, California Mission Inn, and in 1919 moved to New York City. He continued to exhibit in Los Angeles and was a member of the California Art Club.
Hovsep Pushman was an American artist of Armenian background. He was known for his contemplative still lifes and sensitive portraits of women, often in exotic dress. He was most closely associated during his lifetime with the Grand Central Art Galleries, which represented him its opening in 1922 until his death in 1966. A very famous artist whose works in oil exceed $100,000.