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  • Joseph Solman

    Russian Federation

    Art Brokerage: Joseph Solman American Artist: b. 1912-2008. Born in Vitebsk, Russia, Joseph Solman was brought to America from Russia as a child in 1912, Solman was a prodigious draftsman and knew, in his earliest teens, that he would be an artist. He went straight from high school to the National Academy of Design, though he says he learned more by sketching in the subway on the way back from school late at night. In 1929, Solman saw the inaugural show at the Museum of Modern Art featuring Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Cezanne. Joseph Solman was, with Mark Rothko, the unofficial co-leader of The Ten, a group of expressionist painters including Louis Schanker, Adolph Gottlieb and Ilya Bolotowsky, who exhibited as the Whitney Dissenters at the Mercury Galleries in New York City in 1938. A champion of modernism, Solman was elected an editor of Art Front Magazine when its other editors, art historian Meyer Shapiro and critic Harold Rosenberg, were still partial to Social Realism. But Solman never believed in abstraction for abstractions sake. I have long discovered for myself, Solman has said, that what we call the subject yields more pattern, more poetry, more drama, greater abstract design and tension than any shapes we may invent. In writing about a purchase of a typical 1930s Solman street scene for the Wichita Museum, director Howard Wooden put it this way: Solman has produced the equivalent of an abstract expressionist painting a full decade before the abstract expressionist movement came to dominate the American art scene, but without abandoning identifiable forms. Joseph passed away on April 16, 2008. Listings Wanted.

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Nocturne 1977 31x25 Original Painting - Joseph Solman

Joseph Solman

Nocturne 1977 31x25

Original Painting: Oil on Canvas, Hand Signed

Size: 31x25 in  | 79x64 cm
Framed Oil on Canvas $3,775
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Untitled Painting 2007 38x18 Original Painting - Joseph Solman

Joseph Solman

Untitled Painting 2007 38x18

Original Painting: Oil on Canvas, Hand Signed, Originak

Size: 38x18 in  | 97x46 cm
🔥Oil on Canvas $3,800
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