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 Gustav Michelson  (1884 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts/California / Russian Federation      Known for: portrait painting, newspaper illustration-criminal cases

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1884 (Russia)
 
Death
1964 (Queens, New York)

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New York/Massachusetts/California / Russian Federation

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted by Marsha Stringer, is information from the artist's obituary in The New York Times, March 8, 1964.

GUSTAV MICHELSON, AN ILLUSTRATOR, 80

Gustav Michelson, an illustrator and artist, died yesterday at the Elmhurst (Queens) Hospital.  His age was 80.  He lived at 160-157th Avenue in Beechhurst, Queens.
 
Mr. Michelson, a native of Boston, attended the Boston Latin School and the Art Students League here.   He had been with The Boston American, various Hearst newspapers, for which he drew scenes of famous criminal cases, and The Morning World.  He also was the Cover artist for such magazines as Harper's and McCall's.
 
Mr. Michelson painted posters of movie stars for several companies, among them Columbia Pictures.  Although retired for the last 15 years, he was active as a portrait painter.
 


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Eric Gustavus Michelson was born in Boston, MA in 1884.   Michelson studied art at the Boston Latin School and the ASL in NYC.  He drew scenes of famous criminal cases for the Hearst papers in New York and Boston, and his illustrations appeared on the covers of McCalls and Harpers magazines.  During the 1920s he was a resident of Hollywood and painted many posters of movie stars for Columbia Pictures.  He retired from commercial art in the late 1940s to concentrate on portraiture.  Michelson died in Queens, NY on  March 7, 1964. 

Member:  Calif. Art Club.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1925; NY Times, 3-8-1964 (obit).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Portrait painter, illustrator.

Born in Boston, MA in 1884.

Michelson studied art at the Boston Latin School and the Art Students League in NYC.  He drew scenes of famous criminal cases for the Hearst papers in New York and Boston, and his illustrations appeared on the covers of McCalls and Harpers magazines.

During the 1920s, he was a resident of Hollywood and painted many posters of movie stars for Columbia Pictures.

He retired from commercial art in the late 1940s to concentrate on portraiture.

Michelson died in Queens, New York on March 7, 1964.

Member: California Art Club. AAA 1925;

Obituary NY Times, 3-8-1964.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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