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Charles Turzak Art

American, 1899-1986

Charles Turzak was born in Streator, Illinois. He was a printmaker, a painter, a muralist, a teacher and a graphic artist. Turzak received his art education at the Art Institute of Chicago and continued his studies abroad. He won wide recognition as an artist/author and illustrator through his woodcut biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin as well as other American Statesmen. Charles Turzak's work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Missouri, Library of Congress and the University of Illinois to mention a few. He is listed in the Who's Who in 20th Century American Artists. Over the years his designs and illustrations for national publishers have brought Turzak many honors for his originality and creativity.

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Artist: Charles Turzak
Randolph Street - Chicago (From Series Chicago Moods in Color)
By Charles Turzak
Located in Chicago, IL
A rare, small edition, color woodblock print, titled "Randolph Street- Chicago", from the series "Chicago Moods in Color", by Chicago artist Charles Turza...
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1930s Art Deco Charles Turzak Art

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Woodcut

Loop Alley
By Charles Turzak
Located in Chicago, IL
A rare, small edition, color woodblock print, titled "Loop Alley", by Chicago artist Charles Turzak. In the 1930s, Turzak created a series of fine and dramatic prints depicting the ...
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1930s Art Deco Charles Turzak Art

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Woodcut

'Autumn' — 1920s American Modernism, Color Woodcut
By Charles Turzak
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Charles Turzak, 'Autumn', color woodcut, edition 50, c. 1925. Signed, titled and numbered '17/50' in pencil. Signed in the block, lower left. A fine impression, with fresh colors, on...
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1920s American Modern Charles Turzak Art

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Woodcut

'Spring' — 1920s American Modernism, Color Woodcut
By Charles Turzak
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Charles Turzak, 'Spring', color woodcut, edition 50, c. 1925. Signed, titled, and numbered '4/50' in pencil. Signed in the block, lower left. A fine impression, with fresh colors, on...
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1920s American Modern Charles Turzak Art

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Woodcut

'Dancers' — 1930s American Modernism
By Charles Turzak
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Charles Turzak, 'Dancers', 1939, wood engraving, edition 100. Signed, titled, and numbered 72/100 in pencil. A fine, richly-inked impression, on off-white Japan paper, with full marg...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Charles Turzak Art

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Woodcut

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Michigan Avenue Bridge — American Modernism
By Charles Turzak
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Charles Turzak, 'Michigan Avenue Bridge', 1929, woodcut, edition 50. Signed, titled, and numbered '27/50' in pencil. Signed in the block, upper left. A fine, black impression, on cream Japan paper, with full margins (1 5/8 to 2 1/4 inches), in excellent condition. Matted to museum standards, unframed. Scarce. Collection: National Gallery of Art. ABOUT THE ARTIST Charles Turzak was born in Streator, Illinois, the third child and only son of Czechoslovakian immigrant parents. His father was a coal miner who worked long days, and the many chores of daily life occupied Turzak’s boyhood years. When he completed his duties, he retired to do what he most enjoyed—the careful carving of miniature animals from peach seeds, which he would sell for pennies. Turzak learned woodworking from a neighbor, an English cabinet maker, and soon apprenticed for making violins. He drew cartoons for his school's yearbook and sale bills for local merchants. In 1920, he won a cartoon contest sponsored by the Purina Company in St. Louis, Missouri, which helped him earn entrance to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He excelled in drawing and woodcarving and gained membership in Delta Phi Delta, an honorary art fraternity. He supported himself through freelance advertising, selling insurance, and teaching a class in woodcut and wood engraving at the Academy of Fine Arts. By the late 1920s, he had gained recognition from exhibiting and selling prints of Northwestern University and Chicago landmarks such as the Chicago Water Tower, Tribune Tower, and Buckingham Fountain, as well as watercolors of steel mills, boats, harbors, skylines, woodlands, parks, and still life subjects. In 1929 he traveled to Europe to study the works of the masters firsthand, visiting England, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and France. He returned to the United States just as the Great Depression was taking hold of the country. During this severe economic downturn, Turzak created woodcut biographies of notable Americans—his first edition on Abraham Lincoln sold so well at the Century of Progress International Exhibition (Chicago World’s Fair...
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1920s American Modern Charles Turzak Art

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Woodcut

Merchandise Mart — American Modernism
By Charles Turzak
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Charles Turzak, 'Merchandise Mart', 1931, woodcut, edition 50. Signed, titled, and numbered '33/50' in pencil. Signed in the block, lower right. A fine, black impression, on cream Japan paper, with full margins (1 3/4 to 3 inches), in very good condition. Matted to museum standards, unframed. Scarce. Collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Hubbard Fund, Library of Congress, Newark Museum. ABOUT THE ARTIST Charles Turzak was born in Streator, Illinois, the third child and only son of Czechoslovakian immigrant parents. His father was a coal miner who worked long days, and the many chores of daily life occupied Turzak’s boyhood years. When he completed his duties, he retired to do what he most enjoyed—the careful carving of miniature animals from peach seeds, which he would sell for pennies. Turzak learned woodworking from a neighbor, an English cabinet maker, and soon apprenticed for making violins. He drew cartoons for his school's yearbook and sale bills for local merchants. In 1920, he won a cartoon contest sponsored by the Purina Company in St. Louis, Missouri, which helped him earn entrance to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He excelled in drawing and woodcarving and gained membership in Delta Phi Delta, an honorary art fraternity. He supported himself through freelance advertising, selling insurance, and teaching a class in woodcut and wood engraving at the Academy of Fine Arts. By the late 1920s, he had gained recognition from exhibiting and selling prints of Northwestern University and Chicago landmarks such as the Chicago Water Tower...
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Merchandise Mart (Chicago)
By Charles Turzak
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
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