Frank J. Gavencky
Flowering Cactus
circa 1935

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Framed dimensions are 33.5 x 39.5 inches. Image measures 23.5 x 29 inches.

About the Artist:
Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Frank Gavencky was a painter and a teacher. He was known for his landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, and desert scenes of California. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

Gavencky often traveled to California during the 1930s. He eventually settled in Ramona, California and remained there until his death in 1966.

Studied: Chicago Academy of Fine Art with Antonin Sterba and Charles W. Dahlgreen

Exhibited: Solo exhibit, Art Institute of Chicago, 1920-30 (prize) and 1931-41; Palette and Chisel Club, 1921-25 (gold medal), 1926-30; Solo exhibit, Pasadena Art Institute, 1932; Dayton Art Institute, 1937; Illinois State Museum, 1939; Palomar Collection, 1951, 1962; La Jolla Library, 1951; Escondido Library, 1961.

Works Held: Art Institute of Chicago; Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art; City of Chicago; Eastern Star Home Rockford, Illinois; Western Illinois Teachers College, McComb, Illinois; Escondido City Hall; Palomar Memorial Hospital.

Further Reading: Artists in California, 1786-1940, Edan Milton Hughes, Hughes Publishing, San Francisco, 1986.; Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Vol. II. Peter Hastings Falk, Georgia Kuchen and Veronica Roessler, eds.,Sound View Press, Madison, Connecticut, 1999. 3 Vols.

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  • Artist
    Frank J. Gavencky (1888-1966, American)
  • Creation Year
    circa 1935
  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    33.5 in. H x 39.5 in. W x 2 in. D
  • Seller Location
    Denver, CO
  • Reference Number
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