Alvin M Cohen Oil On Canvas “Bell Ringers” Student of Fernand Léger Circa 1950’s
Alvin M. Cohen 1923-2003
Born in Utica New York. He entered Pratt Institute in New York after graduation from Forest Park in Baltimore. When World War Two began he enlisted in the Army and became a Private First Class in the Army Air Corps.
While in the Army he filled sketchbooks with drawings while he traveled thru India and Burma and ended his tour of duty in Okinawa. He did cartoons for the Army New Letter and painted sexy women on the side of fighter planes.
After the war he finished his education at UMD studying art with Herman Meril. After earning a degree at Johns Hopkins in business he used the GI Bill to go to Paris in the early 50’s and study art with Fernand Leger.
In Paris he studied with Fernand Leger from 1951-1952. He won the Grand Prize of the Exposition of the Atelier in 1951. There is a copy of a letter from Leger praising his work dated 1951.
He had an exhibition in Paris in 1951 at the Galerie Raymond Duncan
He spent his time in Paris creating an immense body of work following in the Cubist style. In addition, he also did many watercolor and pencil sketches of his travels though the rest of Europe including Italy and Spain’
In 1953 he got married and they lived in the DC area and had two children, he worked for some advertising agencies in those years, and for a time with the Washington Post. In the early 70’s he began working again for the Post and continued there for 25 years as assistant art director.
He died on March 25, 2003 at the age of 80
In the Style Of: Modern
Title: Bell Ringers
Measurements: 23″ x 37 1/2 ” canvas: ″ Frame 27 1/2” x 42 1/2″
Signed: Signed Lower Right
Medium: oil on canvas
Condition: good three small holes, approx 1/8-1/4” diam. the painting will need to be cleaned
Artist: Alvin M. Cohen (1925-2003, American)
Creation date: 1955
Labeled on the back of stretchers with name of artist and title. Canvas is marked “Cohen”
Frame is original to the canvas.
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