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    ZOLTAN SEPESHY (American, 1898-1974)
    Campus Martius (Cadillac Square), 1947
    Oil and gouache on canvas
    18 x 27 inches (45.7 x 68.6 cm)
    Signed lower left: Z Sepeshy

    PROVENANCE:
    Collection of Fred Sanders Company, Detroit, Michigan
    Private collection, Michigan

    LITERATURE:
    Laurence Schmeckebier. Zoltan Sepeshy: Forty Years of his Work. Syracuse University, 1966. (Illustrated, p. 70)

    EXHIBITED:
    Zoltan Sepeshy: Forty Years of his Work. Joe and Emily Lowe Art Center, Syracuse University, March 8 - April 3,1966. The Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, April 19 - May 8, 1966.

    Painted in the same year that Zoltan Sepeshy became the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, this bustling cityscape of downtown Detroit evokes the energy and excitement of pedestrians and public transport on the move. With threatening skies overhead, electric streetcar guides and pavement rails whisk the eye back-and-forth, between the lively, gestural strokes rendering advertising signage, bold architectural edifices and the humdrum details of the everyday. Hungarian-born Sepeshy understood these compositional problems and their formal solutions quite well by this point in his career, equipping himself with an ever-changing expressive style that vacillates between realism and abstraction, using color and illustrative line to direct the viewer's experience of the work.

    In the 1920s, Sepeshy worked part-time as a draftsman for Albert Kahn, "the architect of Detroit," while he began to establish himself as both an educator and artist. During the following decades, the artist exhibited widely in the Midwest and New York, culminating in a 40-year retrospective at Cranbrook and Syracuse in which this painting was included. While he experienced some critical acclaim throughout his career, his work was widely considered a working dialogue between his European background and his adopted American home, more closely associated with his Cranbrook peers rather than contemporary trends. From today's vantage point, Sepeshy's Campus Martius (Cadillac Square), can be seen as both a reluctant homage to those early urban influences and a monument to the former industrial stronghold, freed from nostalgic longing by restless motion, emanating from the city's center and moving beyond the compositional frame.


    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; faint craquelure; light stretcher creases along edges; under UV exam, there appear to be multiple small dots of inpainting in sky in upper right quadrant, several dots in street and pedestrians in lower right quadrant, and a small spot in building near lower left edge. Framed Dimensions 22.25 X 31.25 Inches
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