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Henry Ives Cobb, Jr.
Carmen at Her Dance from the Opera

$800

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Original colored chalk and charcoal drawing attributed to Henry Ives Cobb Jr. Unsigned. Shows the dynamic Carmen dancing with castanets during the opera of that name. Henry Ives Cobb Jr. was born in Illinois, the first of ten children of the famous Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb and Emma Martin Smith. In 1904, Cobb graduated cum laude from Harvard University, with honorable mention in the fine arts. In August of that year he went to Paris to study architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In the summer of 1906, he married Carolyn Satterlee Postlethwaite, daughter of William Morton Postlethwaite, chaplain and professor at West Point. In June 1914, Cobb left his father's firm, his wife, and his two young children, to enroll at the Royal Academy of Munich, where he studied under Carl von Marr and historicist Gabriel von Hackl. Despite having worked as an architect for seven years, he identified himself as a “painter” on his passport application. In his 30's, Cobb made a brief foray into stage and set design. He designed the sets for the Jerome Kern / Guy Bolton / P.G. Wodehouse musical “Have a Heart.” The musical opened at Broadway's Liberty Theater in January 1917 and was favorably reviewed. In April, the show played at the Capital Theater in Washington, D.C. In May 1917, he entered Officers’ Training Camp and was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant. He sailed for France in September, 1917, and worked as a translator until his discharge as a captain, and in 1919 returned to the United States. In 1924, Cobb, after a period of study with Robert Henri, entered a portrait sketch, a still life, and two landscapes in the Eighth Annual Exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists, held at the Waldorf Astoria. Cobb had studied and practiced architecture at the behest of his father, but his heart was always elsewhere. "Scratch an architect and you will find a man who wanted to be a painter," Cobb told Arts Magazine in 1935. When his father died in 1931, Cobb, Jr. closed the architecture firm to “pursue the elusive muse of painting.” Cobb spent the years from 1931 through at least 1959 immersed in the fine arts, creating many charcoal sketches, lithographs, and paintings. In 1933 and 1934, James Newlin Price held shows of Cobb's paintings at his Ferargil Galleries, New York. Throughout the 1950s, Cobb created many paintings and drawings along the East Coast and around New York City. These included scenes of Central Park, construction sites, and depictions of everyday life.

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