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Nicholas Panesis
'Negro' — California WPA, 1930s Social Realism – African American Subject

1934

About the Item

Nicholas Panesis, 'Negro', 1934, color lithograph, edition 18. Signed, dated, titled, and numbered 8/28 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right. A fine impression, with fresh colors, on buff wove paper, with margins (1 1/8 to 2 3/8 inches). Minor glue staining at the extreme sheet edges verso, where previously taped (not visible recto), otherwise in excellent condition. Matted to museum standards, unframed. Image size 10 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches; (270 x 216 mm); sheet size 14 13/16 x 10 15/16 inches (376 x 278 mm). Created for the California Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project (WPA). Scarce. Impressions of this work are held in the public collections of La Salle University Art Museum (Philadelphia), U.S. General Services Administration, and Weisman Art Museum (University of Minnesota). ABOUT THE ARTIST Born in Massachusetts, Nicholas Panesis (1913-1967) studied art at Syracuse University, NY, and went on to teach ceramics at Alfred University, NY. Panesis moved to San Francisco in the early 1930s shortly before settling in Los Angeles, where he worked for different animation studios as an illustrator and designer. He illustrated the cover of the book, "Fair Stood the Wind for France" in 1944, Herbert Ernest Bates' celebrated novel of the Second World War. During the Great Depression, Panesis worked for the California Works Progress Administration. He created sensitively rendered realistic images of socially conscious subjects, including this empathetic work, ‘Negro’, and a celebrated memorial portrait of George Washington Carver. The artist's works are held in the following public collections, California Digital Library (Federal Art Project Collection), Gibbs Museum of Art, Granger Historical Picture Archive, National Gallery of Art, and New York Public Library.
  • Creator:
    Nicholas Panesis (1913 - 1967)
  • Creation Year:
    1934
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 10.63 in (27.01 cm)Width: 8.5 in (21.59 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 1034911stDibs: LU532311816612
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