Hovsep Pushman [1877-1966]
The dancing girl, ca.1941
16 x 19-1/2 inches
Signed at lower left : ‘Pushman’.
Born in Armenia on May 9, 1877. In 1888 Pushman began art studies at the Imperial School of Fine Arts in Constantinople. He immigrated to the U.S. about 1894 and settled in Chicago where he further studied at the AIC. About 1910 he traveled to Paris where he was a pupil of Lefebvre, Robert-Fleury, and Dechenaud at Académie Julian. Leaving France, he toured the Orient and was introduced to the oriental subject matter that was to become his forte.
After his return to Chicago, he painted portraits and still lives. During 1916-19 Pushman maintained a studio in the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA and continued exhibiting in Los Angeles throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Having settled in NYC in 1919, he lived there until his demise on Feb. 11, 1966.
American AA of Paris; Salmagundi Club.
PAFA, 1913, 1942-44; Paris Salon, 1914 (bronze medal), 1921 (silver medal); Mission Inn (Riverside), 1916; LACMA, 1916, 1918, 1921 (solos); Calif. Art Club, 1918 (prize); Exposition Park (LA), 1919; Macbeth Gallery (NYC), 1920; Cannell & Chafflin (LA), 1923, 1925, 1927; Hollywood Club, 1925; Ebell Club (LA), 1925; Grand Central Gallery (NYC), 1930; Nicholson Gallery (LA), 1931, 1948; Laguna Beach AA, 1933; Biltmore Salon (LA), 1934, 1938; Hatfield Gallery (LA), 1940; Findlay Gallery (Chicago), 1952.
Amherst College; Montclair (NJ) Museum; Boston Museum; Minneapolis Museum; MM; University of Illinois; Detroit Inst. of Arts; Seattle Museum; Milwaukee Art Inst.
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940”
Los Angeles Times, 10-22-1916 & 2-9-1919; American Art Annual 1919-29; Who’s Who in American Art 1936-41; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); NY Times, 2-13-1966 (obituary)