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Anthony Eterovich

 (1916 - 2011)
Anthony W. Eterovich was active/lived in Ohio.  Anthony Eterovich is known for portrait, cityscape painting, etching.

Anthony Eterovich

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Anthony Eterovich (1916-2011)

He was a Cleveland based artist whose paintings incorporate abstract portraiture with photo-realistic cityscapes.  He achieved nationwide recognition when he won first place in the 1951 Sixteenth Annual New Years Show, a national art competition at the Butler Institute for American Art with an abstract oil painting entitled The Merry Bench.  Additionally, another painting was reviewed by Howard Devree in The New York Times, May 6, 1951.  He wrote: "One of the most ambitious canvases is by Anthony Eterovich of Cleveland - Table Charade, which might have been called 'The World is Full of a Number of Things' and succeeds in bringing organization out of what might well have been a too complicated profusion of detail."

The work of Anthony Eterovich is known for profound color and imaginative, almost whimsical choices of subject matter.  His exhibitions include: the Cleveland Museum of Art May Shows from 1936 to 1966; the Circle Gallery, the Women's City Club and the Intown Club, all located on Euclid Avenue in Downtown Cleveland; the Greenbrier Cultural Center in Parma Heights; The Country Inn and Stables at Walden in Aurora, Ohio and the Cleveland Institute of Art Faculty Shows from 1951 to 2005.

Anthony William Eterovich was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 2, 1916.  His parents, George and Anna, emigrated from the Dalmatian coast of what is now Croatia.  From the time he was three, Eterovich had a pencil in his hand, and his family was somehow able to provide him with the materials he needed to express himself on paper.  He was influenced by living through the Great Depression and serving in the Army during World War II.

He was drafted and achieved the rank of Sergeant Tech Four in the Army where he did more than thirty portraits of his peers, colonels, captains and a three-star general.  He was called upon to draw maps and create topographical visualizations of landing and occupied areas and silhouette identification of enemy aircraft and other vehicles.  In addition, he taught French while stationed in Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania from 1943-1944 and then Camp Gordon Johnson in Florida from 1944-1945.

In 1934, Eterovich won a scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art where he received a degree in portraiture in 1938.  After the army, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University in 1947.  He continued with honors in extended studies at Ohio University in 1948-1949 and the New York Art Students League in 1950-1954.  He did more than 30 portraits in Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania and at Camp Gordon Johnson in Florida but the bulk of his painting has been done in the Greater Cleveland area.  In 1950, he married Alice Marie Troyan and they have one daughter, Karen.

Influences on his work include Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet for color and Edward Hopper and Richard Estes for cityscapes and photo realism.  He studied with Jack Levine and Alexander Yakovleff; both had guest residencies at the Cleveland Institute of Art and left profound impressions on him.  Another teacher who influenced his work was Aaron Bohrod at Ohio University.

Eterovich painted and taught for more than forty years for the Cleveland Public School System.  He was chairman of the art department at Rhodes High School from 1962 to 1978.  Eterovich was chairman of the Regional Scholastic Art Competition from 1981 to 1989.  He remained at his alma mater, the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he taught life drawing at the Adult Evening School, and the Children's Weekend and Summer Sessions for more than 50 years.  Retired from teaching, he still painted in his studio in Parma, Ohio where he was also compiling a book of his work and another book on his educational philosophy.

Anthony Eterovich passed away on April 26, 2011 at the age of 95.

Sources include:
The Cleveland Institute of Art there is also a resume at this site.
The Butler Institute for American Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Downtown Gallery, New York
Aspire Auctions
And the studio archives of Anthony Eterovich located in Parma, Ohio

Information provided by Karen Eterovich, the artist's daughter.

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About  Anthony Eterovich

Born:  1916 - Cleveland, Ohio
Died:   2011
Known for:  portrait, cityscape painting, etching