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Astor Place, 1945

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  • Description
    Seymour Franks
    Am. 1916-1981

    Astor Place, 1945

    oil on canvas
    34 x 28 inches
    framed: 40 1/2 x 34 1/2inches
    signed and dated: Franks 45
    Inscribed with title on stretcher

    Private collection, New York City

    Abstracted cityscape of New York City from 1945 by American artist Seymour Franks.

    Born in New York City in 1916, Seymour Franks contracted polio at the age of 16. Despite this setback, he worked for the WPA and studied at the National Academy of Design in 1937. Early in his career, Franks produced colorful modernist abstractions, later transitioning into abstract expressionism, a path followed by many New York artists of that era.

    Though much of his youth was spent in hospitals, Franks emerged as a successful artist and designer. He exhibited his work at prestigious venues including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1944 and 1954, the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1946-48, 1950, and 1952, the Brooklyn Museum in 1949 and 1951, the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947, the Peridot Gallery from 1948, 1950-55, the University of Nebraska in 1951, and the University of Illinois in 1952.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: United States, New York
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: oil on canvas
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1945
    Styles / Movements: Modernism
    Incollect Reference #: 733404
  • Dimensions
    W. 28 in; H. 34 in;
    W. 71.12 cm; H. 86.36 cm;
Message from Seller:

Schillay Fine Art, Inc. and Richard Schillay have carried on and expanded the art dealing tradition begun by Richard’s father, M. Edwin Schillay. For decades after World War II, M. Edwin Schillay was the foremost dealer of 19th century British art. He spearheaded the introduction to America of Victorian paintings on a large scale. Today Schillay Fine Art has greatly expanded its interests and offering -- well into the fields of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modern, and Post-War art.

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