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Francis de Erdely "Two Thieves" Signed Charcoal and Ink Drawing, Exhibited 1968

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We are offering a powerful original illustration by the amazing Hungarian born artist, Francis de Erdely
titled "Two Thieves" depicting two tortured figures likely facing capital punishment for their crimes. 
This illustration is an exceptional display of de Erdely's expressive depiction of figures. 

This piece is done with charcoal, pencil, ink, wash. 

The label on the back is an exhibition label from the "City Hall of Los Angeles 12"
The owner according to the label was Mr. John Nomland, 404 S. Benton Way LA, [a well known
Academic from California who served as architecture-fine arts librarian at University of Southern California, 
1952-54; became librarian andassociate professor at Los Angeles City College in 1954, serving as 
president of the academic senate of the college,1965-66; became a bookseller; 
wrote Teatro Mexicano Contemporáneo: 1900-1950 (1967).]

This was exhibited in "de Erdely Drawings" at the San Pedro Municipal Art Gallery from
August 7th to the 27th in 1968.

Approx. Dimensions:

Overall Mat Height: 34 1/2"
Overall Mat Width: 27 1/2" 

Illustration Height: 31 1/2"
Illustration Width: 24" 

This piece is in a foam mat, with a front cover that flips up to reveal the illustration underneath a bordering mat. 

Condition: Very good original condition.

Biography from Papillon Gallery

Francis de Erdely (Erdélyi Ferenc) was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1904. 
He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Budapest.

De Erdely continued his studies at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, 
and in Paris at the Sorbonne and l'Ecole de Louvre. He lived in many places in 
Europe, including Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna and Prague.

De Ederly abandoned war torn Europe and arrived in New York in the late 1930s. 
He had exhibited in Budapest and won prizes as early as 1925. 
He began a new, successful career in the United States; in 1939 he exhibited in 
New York City, in 1940-1944 at the Detroit Institute of Art, at the Pennsylvania Academy 
of Fine Art in 1941. Through the next decades he exhibited at the Corcoran, 
the Carnegie Institute, the de Young Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many more.

De Erdely was an important teacher, first at the Netherlands Art Academy in The Hague, 
and then at the Pasadena Museum School, and from 1945 until he died he was a 
professor of art at the University of Southern California. His influence on the art community 
of Southern California cannot be overstated; he was one of the most respected 
teachers of art for more than a generation.

De Erdely was a modernist with roots in the techniques of the Cubists and the tradition 
of Cezanne. Typical of his Eastern European experience his subjects are 
often filled with angst, but ultimately his works are a celebration of the human 
experience, like many of the artists of l'École de Paris. He was a brilliant 
draftsman, a sophisticated colorist, a master of composition, expressive, and innovative.

De Ederly was a tall imposing figure, often described as an eccentric bohemian; 
he was known to wear a long black cape and a large brimmed hat. 
He frequented the coffee houses and Jazz clubs the proliferated the local scene after World War II.

De Ederly is represented in every major museum in California, including 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His works are in the collections of 
the de Young Museum, the Cranbrook Academy the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Exhibited:  Detroit Inst. of Art, 1940-44 (awards); Pennsylvania Academy of FineArts, 1941; 
Art Institute of Chicago, 1942-45; Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1943; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1945-50; 
Laguna Beach Art Ass'n, 1945-48; California Watercolor Society, 1945-55; 
Pasadena Society of Artists, 1946-49 (awards); Oakland Art Gallery, 1947-51 (prizes); 
Arizona State Fair, 1949 (award); Los Angeles City Hall, 1951; Palos Verdes Art Ass'n, 1953; 
Audubon Ass'n, 1954 (medal). 

Works held:  De Young Museum; Pasadena Art Institute; Denver Museum; 
Nat'l Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne); Oakland Museum; Seattle Museum; 
University of Utah; Detroit Institute of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

ID.  300            LOC. F

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