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CHARLES CULVER (1908-1967) Michigan art Bellaire early drawing

CHARLES CULVER (1908-1967) Michigan art Bellaire early drawing

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A charcoal drawing of Bellaire, Michigan (northern part of the state), signed at lower right and dated 1936, and titled there "Bellaire, Mich.", (and titled on reverse backing "Evening Landscape" (crossed out, and nearby artist signature also crossed out), by well known Michigan artist CHARLES CULVER (1908-1967). This is a rather early work, created when the artist would have been in only his late 20's. Bellaire is in the state's northern summer resort country, not far from Petoskey and Charlevoix of Hemingway fame. The work measures 16 1/2" by 22 " (25" by 31 1/2" as framed). Culver showed an early interest in art, studying in Chicago in his early 20's. In mid-life he had many interests, which included writing and illustrating children's books, and jazz (played clarinet). Taking a liking to the town of Bellaire, he would commute down to Detroit to General Motors' Chevrolet Studios, for commercial work, and then when finances permitted, he would again retreat to his beloved Bellaire. Culver also became an art critic, which he found difficult to do as the modern movement took over. The Detroit Institute of Arts has some 90 of his works in its permanent collection; Culver had many one man shows in Detroit. He died before his sixtieth birthday. This work came from a recent sale of the private collection of noted California Mid-Century artists Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, of Southern California. Allow for reflections in a few images. ***Note, that the yellowish colors in the photos are an effect of the camera and are not present in the actual work.