Untitled Abstract, 1962
Graphite and gouache on paper, signed and inscribed: "To Harold Hart, heartily,
Ph.Hosiasson, New York, Dec. '62"
Painting:12” x 18”
Frame: 18 ½” x 24”
Provenance: Harold Hart *
Hosiasson grew up Odessa, in a family of merchants. He traveled to Berlin with his parents where he became acquainted with avant-garde artists. Hosiasson studied briefly at the School of Fine Art of Odessa and then studied Law and art history at Novorossiisk University. In 1918 he published The Life and Works of El Greco. The University sent him to Rome where he met Andre Derain who was designing sets for Diaghilev. In 1922, Hosiasson returned to Berlin where he designed books and sets for Boris Romanov’s Russische Romantische Theater. He was also influenced by the Old Masters and Renaissance artists but eventually took up abstract art in 1947 showing with artists such as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and Kenneth Noland in New York. Hosiasson exhibited extensively throughout France, Russia, Germany, Italy and the U.S.
* Harold Hart (1926-1997) was an art dealer and the director of Martha Jackson Gallery for 14 years. The Gallery represented in New York painters such as Rothko, Klein, DeKooning, Toledo and introduced the works of Fontana, Tapies, Oldenberg, Appel, among others.
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