(Russian Woman) by Dan Sayre Groesbeck

(Russian Woman) by Dan Sayre Groesbeck

(Russian Woman)

Dan Sayre Groesbeck

Title

(Russian Woman)

 
Artist
Year
c. 1920  
Technique
gouache, watercolor and charcoal on paper supported on board 
Image Size
26 x 22 3/4" panel size 
Signature
signed in pigment in lower right image 
Edition Size
 
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Inventory ID
PMJ313 
Price
SOLD
Description

Dan Sayre Groesbeck began his career in Los Angeles, California, working as an illustrator in the 1900 at his company Groesbeck and Fisher. In 1918 he traveled to Toronto, Canada and enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force 85th Battalion which was headed for Russia to fight in the Bolshevik Revolution as a theatrical performer and set artist.

The battalion was disbanded in 1920 and Groesbeck stayed on in Vladivostok, Russia where he spent time among the Russian people. He arrived back in Los Angeles in 1919. Here he drew on his memory of the people he met in Russia, creating several portraits in painting and monotype.

This is an exceptional example of his portraits, a seated unidentified Russian woman of some means, with her brilliant blue headdress and flower patterned dress. In the background are icons and family photos.

Groesbeck went on to a major career as an artist in Hollywood, working first with Cecil B. DeMille on his 1923 film "The Ten Commandments". He went on to work for DeMille on many other spectaculars.