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Seymour Tubis
Portrait of a Pilot in Charcoal, 1941

1941

About the Item

This 1941 charcoal on paper portrait is by Santa Fe artist Seymour Tubis (1919-1993). Tubis studied at the Art Students League with Hans Hofmann (1946-1949). He exhibited in Paris in 1950 and won praise from Georges Braque. He was Chair of the Fine Art Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe (1963-1980). Dated lower right.
  • Creator:
    Seymour Tubis (1919 - 1993, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1941
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 24.5 in (62.23 cm)Width: 19 in (48.26 cm)Depth: 0.07 in (1.78 mm)
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  • Condition:
    Excellent vintage condition.
  • Gallery Location:
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 935001stDibs: LU29821777363

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    Category

    Mid-20th Century American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

    Materials

    Paper, Ink

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