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James Lechay
"Two Women"

$12,000

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James Lechay was a painter of figures, landscapes, cityscapes and still lifes who played a notable role in the tradition of avant-garde painting in New York and in the Midwest. An artist who defied categorization, he assimilated the precepts of modern European and American art, evolving a spare, semi-abstract style with expressionist overtones; as Lechay himself put it, he was an "abstract impressionist" who followed his own artistic agenda throughout the course of his career. James Lechay was born in New York on July 5, 1907. He spent his childhood in Brooklyn; when he was thirteen his mother died, and he was sent to live with an uncle in Illinois. Lechay went on to attend the University of Illinois, where he received a B.A. in psychology in 1928. In 1929 he dropped out of graduate school to study with his brother, the painter Myron Lechay (1898-1972). Throughout these years, James Lechay and his brother painted views of the city, working, as he later reminisced, "under the piers, behind elevators, in Chinatown ." In his own oils and watercolors, Lechay eschewed fashionable styles such as Social Realism and Abstract Expressionism. Lechay continued to paint up until a few days before his death in Wellfleet on August 11, 2001.

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