DE ERDELY, Francis

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Description

Two Fishermen
1956
Pastel on paper
22 x 15"
A former prize-fighter, Hungarian immigrant Francis De Erdely was known for his unusually robust figures, often exaggerated to describe the underlying muscular system of the human body. The well-defined contours of the fishermen illustrate this interest, as well as the artists tendency to portray toiling laborers and fellow immigrant minorities. An underlying thread of social commentary is apparent throughout De Erdelys body of work, from his early depictions of World War II atrocities in Hungary, to his insightful observations of marginal populations in Los Angeles in the forties and fifties. Along with his contemporary, Rico Lebrun, whose work is also on view here, De Erdely was a friend of the Colins family, and even drew a portrait of J.W. as a young man.

Date

1956

Creator

DE ERDELY, Francis
United States, b. Hungary, 1904-1959

Source

Gift of Drs. J.W. and Sue Colin

Identifier

2012.001.004

Citation

DE ERDELY, Francis and United States, b. Hungary, 1904-1959, “DE ERDELY, Francis,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed November 30, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/9577.