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Jirayr Hamparzoom Zorthian
The Corner Barber Shop

c.1938

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Jirayr Zorthian(1911-2004), went through two Turkish massacres before age eight. He left Turkey at age nine with his family and spent a year in Padua, Italy, waiting for his visa to open to the United States. This period was very important in his life because his father took him to many cities in Europe and exposed him to great works of art. Zorthian arrived in the United States at the age of eleven and settled with his family in New Haven, Connecticut. He obtained his formal education there, after graduating from Yale in 1932, the Winchester Fellowship granted him a year and a half at the American Academy in Rome with travel and study throughout Europe. His art career branched into various directions on his return to the United States. As a mural painter his reputation was established. He has forty two (42) murals throughout the United States. Zorthian worked and taught painting at some of the finest art academies on the west coast including both the Chouinard Art Institute and the Otis Art Institute. The Corner Barber Shop, is one of the last remaining examples from Zorthian?€™s early WPA period, c.1938. The painting depicts the social melting pot of a neighborhood New York barber shop during the end of the 1930s.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Good Original Condition.
  • Dimensions

    H 30.5 in. x W 30.5 in.

    H 77.47 cm x W 77.47 cm

  • Gallery location
    West Hollywood, CA
  • Reference number
    G12120813037

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