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 John Mazzanovich  (c.1856 - 1886)

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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: landscape, scenic and genre painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Chicago Inter Ocean June 12, 1886, p.8:

John Mazzanovich, the scenic artist, died in New York Tuesday at the age of 30 years.

The New York Herold says: "Seven years ago the young painter, who used his brush with singular facility and felicity, had excellent qualities as a draughtsman and colorist and a delicate and refined fancy, came to this city.  After a few months he entered the employ of Mr. Wallack, with whom he remained about five years at the present Star Theater and the new house. Though landscape was his speciality, Mr.Mazzanovich did all kinds of scene painting.  He was extremely industrious, and to his excessive application may be attributed to a great extent his breaking down.

About two years ago he left Mr. Wallack and entered into partnership with his friend Homer F.Emens. The firm did work together in this city and Philadelphia, notably here at the Casino and the Madison Square.  Mr.Mazzanovich painted the first acts of 'Falka' and 'Nanon' at the Casino and the brook scene in "The Rajah" at the Madison Square. His work for "Where's the Cat" at the Star(then Wallack's) was especially appreciated.

After a trip to Canada Mr. Mazzanovich left this city in June,1885, for Chicago, where he painted the drop curtain and stock scenery for McVicker's new theater,and also that for Mr.John C. Freund's play,"True Nobility," which was first produced there.  From Chicago the painter went partly for his health to San Francisco. While there he did work for Mr.McKee Rankin at the California Theater.

Mr.Mazzanovich exhibited some charming works at the displays of the Water Color Society. He first showed there in 1883 two views On Van Cortlandt Lake.  In 1884 he had five landscapes, and in 1885 On the Canal,Venice, Autumn and The Country Near Philadelphia.  He also contributed to the black and white exhibitions of the Salmagundi Sketch Club.  At the fall exhibition of the National Academy in 1884 he exhibited A Souvenir of Van Cortlandt,N.Y.  He was a member of the Kit-Kat Club.

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John was the brother of artist Lawrence Mazzanovich. He died at an early age. Exh: Brooklyn AA, 1883-85; SFAA, 1886.
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