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 Mischa Askenazy  (1888 - 1961)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: figure, portrait, genre, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born near Odessa, Russia on Feb. 22, 1888.  At age four Askenazy (né Ashkenazy) arrived in NYC where he spent his childhood.  Opting for an art career, he studied at the NAD under Jones, Volk, and Maynard; upon winning a scholarship, he traveled in France and Italy for two years.  During the 1920s he averaged $50,000 per year as a portraitist to the wealthy.  A portrait commission brought him to Montecito, CA in 1925 and, charmed by the climate, he decided to settle in Los Angeles.  He painted there until his demise on July 13, 1961.  His works, which show the influence of Cézanne, include portraits, figure studies, still lifes, and landscapes. 

Exh:  Calif. State Fair (Sacramento), 1924, 1930 (1st prize), 1931, 1936, 1954, 1959; Pasadena Museum, 1929; Architects Bldg (LA), 1929; PAFA; NAD; LA AA, 1935; LACMA, 1937; GGIE 1939; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1940; Hollywoood Woman's Club, 1949; Calif. Art Club, 1945-55; De Young Museum, 1950, 1951, 1955; Laguna Beach AA, 1951-53; Oakland Museum, 1952, 1954 (solo).  In:  Orange Co. (CA) Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
SCA; So. Calif. Artists 1890-1940;  Laguna Beach Museum of Art 1918-1978;  WWAA 1938-62 (obit).
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Born in Baronofsky, Russia, Mischa Askenazy became a post-impressionist portrait, landscape, and still-life painter, much influenced by the work of Paul Cezanne.

At age 4, he emigrated in 1895 to New York City with his family and spent his childhood in New York City. Showing obvious early art talent, he won a prize from the National Academy of Design when he was a teen ager, and in 1913, studied at the Academy with Francis Jones, Douglas Volk and George Maynard. On a scholarship, he studied in Europe for two years.

From 1916, he made his living as a portrait painter in the United States, settling in 1928 in Los Angeles, California, where a portrait commission had caused him to visit, and he was attracted to the West Coast climate. During the 1920s, his income from portrait commissions for wealthy clients was averaging fifty-thousand dollars per year. He remained in Los Angeles until his death on July 13, 1961.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"

Biography from Edenhurst Gallery :
Maurice (Mischa) Askenazy was a California painter born in Odessa, Russia in 1888. At the age of four, he emigrated with his parents to New York City. By 1913 he was studying art at the National Academy of Design where he won a scholarship that brought him to France and Italy. In 1928 he settled in Los Angeles and here pursued a long and successful career in art until his death in 1961. Askenazy's style places him in the realm of modernism, his canvases appearing to show the influence of Cezanne. This post-impressionist style translates very successfully in his portraits, still-lifes, and landscapes and makes him one of California's most accomplished representational painters of the post-modern period.

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