Born in Armenia on May 9, 1877. In 1888 Pushman began art studies at the Imperial School of Fine Arts in Constantinople. He immigrated to the U.S. about 1894 and settled in Chicago where he further studied at the AIC. About 1910 he traveled to Paris where he was a pupil of Lefebvre, Robert-Fleury, and Dechenaud at Académie Julian. Leaving France, he toured the Orient and was introduced to the oriental subject matter that was to become his forte.
After his return to Chicago, he painted portraits and still lives. During 1916-19 Pushman maintained a studio in the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA and continued exhibiting in Los Angeles throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Having settled in NYC in 1919, he live
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Los Angeles Times, 10-22-1916 & 2-9-1919; American Art Annual
1919-29; Who's Who in American Art
1936-41; Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); NY Times, 2-13-1966 (obituary)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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