Francis de Erdely

Francis de Erdely

1904-1959
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That artist, Francis de Erdely, was himself no stranger to unrest and tragedy. De Erdely lived and studied art in Western Europe until the 1930s when, as so many artists did, he fled the rise of fascism and war for America. In this country, de Erdely exhibited widely and became an effective teacher of academic painting and drawing. His academicism was always, however, drenched in the awareness of and sensitivity to the fragility of the human condition. His art probed the uncomfortable realms of suffering in often harsh, angular, and turgidly drawn compositions.

Day’s End
Oil on canvas, c. 1947
60 x 40 1/2 inches
Gift of the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation
1980.018
The Drummer
Oil on masonite, c. 1945
48 x 24 inches
Gift of the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation
1980.019
1991.014_De Erdely_Thumb Untitled, portrait of a worker in hard hat and gloves
Oil on canvas, 1945
44 x 34 inches
Gift of the Historical Collections Council
1991.014