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Abel Warshawsky Art

American, 1883-1962

Largely a painter known for his busy, Impressionistic scenes of life on the streets of Paris, Abel Warshawsky spent about 30 years in France. He mastered two styles: his own variant of French impressionism and a striking realism, which he applied to his many penetrating and superb portraits. While his street scenes are modern in their depiction of boisterous, fleeting contemporary activity, the portraits embody the spirit of Old Europe. Their sincerity and integrity have a counterpart in the portraits of Charles W. Hawthorne, the great teacher of Provincetown.

Warshawsky, born in Pennsylvania and was raised in Cleveland. He began his studies at the Cleveland Art Institute under Frederick Carl Gottwald. Then the artist went to the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design in New York: as teachers he listed H. Siddons Mowbray, Louis Loeb, and Winslow Homer.

Like many twentieth-century impressionists, Warshawsky maintained the impressionist's favorite subject matter, urban life, but later abandoned the closely juxtaposed, regular brushstrokes for broad areas of color. His bird's-eye views of the boulevards of Paris recall Monet's famous Boulevard des Capucines, complete with "tongue-lickings" to represent pedestrians, and some of his works are highly impressionistic. Washer Women at Goyen is especially stunning with its limited palette of green and violet, its expressive use of controlled impasto, the delicate surfaces of the building, rendered all in violet, and the freely painted ripples of water below.

Warshawsky's The Memories of an American Impressionist, written in 1931, describes an American artist's life in Paris, ca. 1909 to 1930. His preferred hangout was the Café du Dôme on the boulevard Montparnasse, where "meeting one's fellow craftsmen — talking shop, and exchanging ideas in general — was the main diversionAt the Dôme, Warshawsky met Richard Emil Miller, Lionel Walden, Max Bohm, Frederick Frieseke, Lawton Parker, Louis Ritman, the modernists Alfred Maurer, John Marin, Jules Pascin and Signac: in short, more than a handful of expatriates who made the Café du Dôme their lively art club, intellectual hub, and social center.

Warshawsky painted at Vernon, not far from Giverny; the accommodations were cheaper than those at Giverny.. Later he was joined by Leon Kroll, Ivan Olinsky, and Samuel Halpert. During the war years, Warshawsky volunteered to manage a labor squad at a supply warehouse. Warshawsky packed all of the 1920s into the last chapter. The relentless heat of the Midwest, lingering "Victorian" dress codes, and Prohibition drove Warshawsky back to France, where he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur. For a while, he was involved with the artists' colony on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The events of the second world war made it necessary for Warshawsky to return to the States; he settled on the Monterey Peninsula and was active in the Carmel Art Association. The artist died in Monterey on 31 May 1962.

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"Figures by the Harbor, Brittany, France," Abel Warshawsky, Impressionist Scene
By Abel Warshawsky
Located in New York, NY
Abel George Warshawsky (1883 - 1962) Figures by the Harbor, Brittany, France Oil on canvas 26 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches Signed lower left Provenance: Christie's New York, 1989 Private Col...
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Mid-20th Century Post-Impressionist Abel Warshawsky Art

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Canvas, Oil

Trees in Brittany
By Abel Warshawsky
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Abel George Warshawsky. "Trees in Brittany" is an impressionist landscape, oil on canvas in a palette of greens by Abel George Warshawsky. The artwork is signed in the ...
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20th Century Impressionist Abel Warshawsky Art

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Canvas, Oil

Early 20th Century Pebble Beach Surf Seascape
By Abel Warshawsky
Located in Soquel, CA
Significant and period Plein Air painting of crashing surf at Pebble Beach by listed California artist Abel George (Buck) Warshawsky (American, 1883-1962). Signed "a.g. warshawsky" l...
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1920s American Impressionist Abel Warshawsky Art

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Oil, Masonite

Mid Century Portrait of Lisa Mi Hamlin
By Abel Warshawsky
Located in Soquel, CA
Realistic portrait of Lisa Mi Hamlin by Abel Warshawsky (American, 1863 - 1962). Image, 36"L x 30"W. Lisa Mi is the daughter of the artist Roy Hamlin. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania ...
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1960s Realist Abel Warshawsky Art

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Masonite, Oil

Mid Century Portrait of Artist Doris Rohr of Carmel
By Abel Warshawsky
Located in Soquel, CA
Wonderful mid century portrait of Carmel artist Doris Estelle Rohr by listed California artist Abel George (Buck) Warshawsky (American, 1883-1962). Signed "A.G. Warshawsky Dec. 22 52...
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1950s American Impressionist Abel Warshawsky Art

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Masonite, Oil

Spanish Beauty
By Abel Warshawsky
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed upper right "A.G. Warshawsky" Note: Portrait of the artist's actress wife, the former Ruth Tate of Philadelphia
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1940s Abel Warshawsky Art

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Oil

Wine Enologist Claude Wolf - Mid Century Portrait
By Abel Warshawsky
Located in Soquel, CA
A mid-century portrait of Claude Wolf (1904-1973), a vintner Enologist by Abel George Warshawsky (American, 1883-1962). Oil on canvas and presented in a wooden frame. Signed "A. G. W...
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1950s American Realist Abel Warshawsky Art

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Canvas, Oil

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