Hovsep Pushman

Hovsep Pushman


Nationality: American

The Armenian-born Hovsep Pushman, who trained at the Art Institute in Chicago and the Académie Julian in Paris before settling in New York in 1919, established the standard for Orientalist still-life and figure painting during the 1920s through '40s. His paintings typically include a wide range of Asian objects glowing duskily, as if illuminated by candlelight: Tang Dynasty horses, Buddha statues, porcelain bowls and vases, jade snuff bottles, Chinese illuminated manuscripts, even silk wall hangings. An aficionado of Chinese culture and philosophy, Pushman intended his paintings to function symbolically, and he often paired them with mystical or spiritual readings. His signature works exhibit exotic artifacts, impeccable technique, and a mysterious mood. During his 1932 one-man show at New York's Grand Central Art Galleries, Pushman, lauded by critics and collectors alike, managed to sell all sixteen of his exhibited paintings by the end of opening day.

The Detroit Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Montclair Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; and Seattle Art Museum count among the numerous museums nationwide featuring Pushman's work.


Hovsep Pushman Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
HOVSEP PUSHMAN (American, 1877-1966) Youth, No. 766 Oil on canvas 36 x 28-1/2 inches (91.4 x 72.4 cm) Signed lower l
HOVSEP PUSHMAN (American, 1877-1966)Youth, No. 766Oil on canvas36 x 28-1/2 inches (91.4 x 72.4 cm)Signed lower l...
Lot 64323
Auction 5096
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hovsep Pushman (American, 1877-1966) Eternal Destiny No. 2 Oil on board 23-1/4 x 18-1/2 inches (59.1 x 47.0 cm) Sign
Hovsep Pushman (American, 1877-1966)Eternal Destiny No. 2Oil on board23-1/4 x 18-1/2 inches (59.1 x 47.0 cm)Sign...
Lot 68086
Auction 5251
Saturday, May 7, 2016
The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Collection  HOVSEP PUSHMAN (American, 1877-1966) The Prince Oil on board 27-1/2 x 25
The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. CollectionHOVSEP PUSHMAN (American, 1877-1966)The PrinceOil on board27-1/2 x 25...
Lot 77001
Auction 5024
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Hovsep Pushman (American, 1877-1966) Still Life with Chinese Statue Oil on panel 22-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches (57.2 x 47.0
Hovsep Pushman (American, 1877-1966)Still Life with Chinese StatueOil on panel22-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches (57.2 x 47.0 ...
Lot 68085
Auction 5275
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Hovsep Pushman (American, 1877-1966) Idyll Fancy, No. 487 Oil on panel laid on canvas 22 x 17-3/4 inches (55.9 x 45.1
Hovsep Pushman (American, 1877-1966)Idyll Fancy, No. 487Oil on panel laid on canvas22 x 17-3/4 inches (55.9 x 45.1...
Lot 68087
Auction 5251
Saturday, May 7, 2016

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