DescriptionThe Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Collection
HOVSEP PUSHMAN (American, 1877-1966)
Oil on board
27-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches (69.9 x 64.8 cm)
Signed lower right on table edge: Pushman
Purchased from Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, August 11, 1978.
"Hovsep Pushman: Painter and Poet," Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, July - September 1978.
"Hovsep Pushman: Painter and Poet. Armenian-American Master of Still-Life Painting Combined Western Classicism with Eastern Harmony," in Illuminator, Winter 1978, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, cover ill. in color; ill. black and white p. 3 as "Collection Judge Paul H. Buchanan, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind."
With the purchase of this exceptionally fine still life by Hovsep Pushman in 1978, Paul Buchanan began his collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American painting. The original bill of sale for the painting from Grand Central Art Galleries records that Judge Buchanan also purchased two limited edition lithographs by Pushman on the same occasion, entitled "Daughter of the Rain God" and "God of Eternal Spring." The purchase coincided with the run of Grand Central's ambitious Pushman exhibition during the summer of 1978.
The appeal of Pushman for Buchanan lay in the artist's choice of Oriental still-life subjects--a fascination Buchanan himself shared. Before he began collecting American painting, he had been an enthusiastic collector of Oriental porcelain.
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