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Edward Chavez
Abstract Oil Painting with a Bird Motif by Edward Chavez, Black Pink Red Blue

circa 1980

About the Item

Oil on canvas abstract painting with a bird motif signed by artist Edward (Eduardo) Arcenio Chavez (1917-1995) circa 1980. Painted in red, blue, purple, orange, and black. Presented in a vintage frame measuring 30 ½ x 28 ½ inches, image size is 29 ¼ x 27 inches. About the Artist: Born 1917 Died 1995 Born in Wagonmound, New Mexico, Eduardo Chavez was an illustrator, muralist, genre and landscape painter, sculptor, and lithographer. He studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with Boardman Robinson, Frank Mechau, Arnold Blanch, and Peppino Mangravite. Before serving in the army during WWII, Chavez painted many murals in the west. When he was demobilized from the army after WWII, he went to live in Woodstock, New York with his wife, artist Jenne Magafan. A new artistic climate developed in Woodstock after WWII. There was an influx of artists from the West and Midwest in Woodstock. Some of these artists were Bruce Currie, Fletcher Martin, Edward Millman, Mitchell Siporin, Herman Cherry, Denny Winters, and Jenne Magafan’s sister, Ethel Magafan. In 1947, the Art Students League reestablished a summer school in Woodstock, as it had left in 1922. Chavez once remarked that even if he did not find stimulus for painting in Woodstock, he still liked living there. Chavez was a member of the Woodstock Art Association, the National Academy of Design, and the National Society of Mural Painters. He won a two-thousand dollar Tiffany Grant in 1948, the Fulbright Award in 1951, and the Childe Hassam Award in 1953. He was an instructor of art at the Art Students League from 1954 to 1958, a visiting professor of art at Colorado College from 1959 to 1960, and a professor of art at Syracuse University from 1960 to 1962. Exhibited: WFNY 1939; WMAA; NAD, 1943; PAFA, 1942-60; AIC, 1939-40, 1942-43, 1946; CI, 1942; SFMA, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945; Los Angeles MA, 1944, 1945; VMFA; PAFA, 1948-60; Corcoran Gal, 1949, 1957; Am. Art Exhibit., MMA; Univ. Illinois, 1952, 1954; Mus. New Mexico, 1955; AFA traveling exhibit., 1955. Works Held: LOC, Print Collection; Watkins Gallery, Wash., DC; MoMA; Detroit (MI) Mus. Art; Butler Inst. Am. Art, Youngstown, OH; Newark Mus.; Roswell Mus. Art; Mus. of New Mexico. WPA Murals: West High School, Denver, CO; USPOs, Center, TX, (1938), Geneva, NE, and Glenwood Springs, CO. Further Reading: Smith, Anita M. Woodstock History and Hearsay. Woodstock Arts: Woodstock, New York, 2006.; Woodstock Artists Association. Woodstock’s Art Heritage: The Permanent Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association. Overlook Press: Woodstock, New York, 1987.; Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Vol. I. Peter Hastings Falk, Georgia Kuchen and Veronica Roessler, eds.,Sound View Press, Madison, Connecticut, 1999. 3 Vols. ©David Cook Galleries, LLC
  • Creator:
    Edward Chavez (1917 - 1995)
  • Creation Year:
    circa 1980
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 30.5 in (77.47 cm)Width: 28.5 in (72.39 cm)Depth: 1.5 in (3.81 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Framing:
    Frame Included
    Framing Options Available
  • Condition:
    very good condition.
  • Gallery Location:
    Denver, CO
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 266091stDibs: LU27311564352
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