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Louis Bosa (American, 1905-1981)New York City Street Scenes, 1930oil on boardone signed and dated 1930 lower right9 in. h. x 7 in. w., each 12 1/2 in. h. x 10 1/4 in. w., with identical framesNew York City, possibly 3rd AvenueBorn in Codroipo, a small village only a few miles from Venice, Italy in 1905, the son of a stonemason. Bosa emigrated to the U.S. at age 18 after studies at the Accademia della Belle Arti in Venice and became an American citizen. He then studied under John Sloan, of the Ashcan School, at the Art Students League in New York. A distinguished painter, Louis Bosa's work has been likened to that of artists ranging from Pieter Breughel the Elder to John Sloan and the Ashcan School. Being an acute observer of the human condition, Bosa's paintings, which are primarily oil on canvas, often focus on people and street scenes from his native Italy. Bosa was known to have followed his subjects around, making many sketches and mental notes, and combined his observations in the final work to create visionary, fantastical images. The subjects of his paintings are highly stylized and expressionistic, and border on caricature. "People are so funny at times they are sad," he said: The people in his paintings are accessible and seem to portray human emotion and everyday life, conquering such concepts as mortality, humility and sometimes futility. His work often reveals comedy in the midst of tragedy. Many of his paintings include whimsical images of nuns riding bicycles and similar authority figures engaged in mundane activities. He traveled extensively through Europe and often returned to his native Italy. Bosa painted for the Works Progress Administration and the Whitney Museum. He taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the New York Art Students League, the Parsons School of Design, Syracuse University, and the University of Notre Dame at South Bend, Indiana. His paintings and watercolors are on display at many well-known art studios and museums across the United States such as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New YorkThe Whitney Museum - New YorkThe Philadelphia Museum - PennsylvaniaThe Worcester Museum - MassachusettsThe Springfield Museum - MassachusettsThe Toronto Art Museum - CanadaNotre Dame University MuseumThe Butler Museum - OhioThe Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts - OhioThe University of Illinois - IllinoisThe Montclair Museum - New JerseyThe James A. Michener Art Museum - Doylestown, PennsylvaniaThe Clearwater Museum - FloridaThe Wilmington Museum - DelawareThe Athenian Museum - ConnecticutThe Herron Art Institute - IndianaThe Rochester Museum - New YorkThe Delgado Museum - New OrleansThe Richmond Art Museum - VirginiaThe Academy of Arts and LettersThe Hosanna FundThe Encyclopedia Britannica CollectionsInternational Business MachinesThe Syracuse Museum - New York

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Louis Bosa (American, 1905-1981) New York City Street

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000May 12, 2018
13010 Larchmere Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44120
United States
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