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John Begg, 1903
Brutalist Nude Study Pastel Painting by John Begg

circa 1950

About the Item

John Alfred Begg (1903 - 1974) designed this brutalist pastel painting on paper. The striking cubist nude study design boasts green, orange, and rust colors with contrasting black lines. No signature is visible on the front, but the piece can be signed at the back, like many of the artist's works. Provenance: From the estate of the artist. Newly reframed in an elegant deep-textured wood frame with orange, black, and gilded colors, original beige jute matte, and glass protection. Measurements: With frame: 17.32 in wide (44 cm) x 23.03 in high (58.5 cm). Opening view: 9.45 in wide (24 cm) x 13.19 in (33.5 cm). Note: John Alfred Begg was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on June 23, 1903. He studied art at Columbia University (BS), with Arthur Wesley Dow, with Charles Martin, and studied sculpture with Jose De Creeft and Ossip Zadkine. He was a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Typophiles, and the Yonkers Art Association (chairman from 1972 to 1973). He worked as an art editor and book designer at the American Book Company, New York, 1932-1937, as Art Director at Oxford University Press, New York, 1939-1968, and as vice-president from 1960-1968, as an art director at Art In America 1957-1959 where he won the Readerscope Award in 1945 for a bronze work. He also taught art and lectured on basic design at New York University from 1950 to 1958. He exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum 1935, 1937; at the Wakefield Gallery 1942, 1943, 1945; the Nierendorf Gallery 1945; at the Buchholz Gallery 1943, 1945; at the Whitney Museum of American Art 1945, 1950; at the Worcester Art Museum 1948; and at the Hudson River Museum 1962, 1967. Begg won first prize for sculptor at the Yonkers Art Association in 1958, 1959, and 1964, the purchase prize award in 1970, and the first prize for sculpture at the Greenburgh Arts & Cultural Committee in 1971. John Begg's work is represented at the Indiana Museum of Modern Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, and the New York Public Library. John Alfred Begg died in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, in December 1974. (Credit: AskART)
  • Creator:
    John Begg, 1903 (1903 - 1974, American)
  • Creation Year:
    circa 1950
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 23.04 in (58.5 cm)Width: 17.33 in (44 cm)Depth: 0.79 in (2 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 3U109CDAICA1stDibs: LU1212212920292
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