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Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines


Artist: Arthur Osver (American, 1912 - 2006)
Date: 1949-1950
Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall: 19 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (49.5 x 40 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 1961.28
Accession number: 1961.28
Classification: painting
Label TextBorn in Chicago in 1912 and a graduaute of the Art Institute of Chicago, Arthur Osver has firmly established himself as an important landscapist. Early recognition of his urban landscapes gave promise of a rising young artist, who had something to say in the idiom of his time, a promise which has been fulfilled over the years. A recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1950, renewed in 1951 and a Prix de Rome in 1952, renewed in 1953, Osver is currently on the facultyof the Croper [swic] Union. In 1957-58 he was Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. His work is in the collections of many museums and universities. "Skylight" painted in 1949-50 is a characteristically fine example of the architectural subjects for which he became especially noted. The "piling up" of the skylight forms punctuated by stacks and smoke seems symbolic of the urban landscape as the antithesis of nature. Source: Bulletin, April 1961.
SignedOsver (verso oil paint)
Inscription"Skylights" 1950 (verso oil paint)
Exhibition History"Arthur Osver: Urban Landscape, Abstraction, and the Mystique of Place.", by Angela Miller, p. 81, pl. 18

"Six Decades of American Painting of the Twentieth Century."cat. no. 51, (Painting was purchased from exhibition)

"Arthur Osver: Urban Landscape, Abstraction, and the Mystique of Place.", by Angela Miller, publ. 2018, Kemper Art Museum, Washington U., St. Louis, p. 81, pl. 18
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