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 Manuel Jerair Tolegian  (1911 - 1983)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: genre, interiors, landscape, mural

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Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Muralist, painter. Born in Fresno, CA on Oct. 18, 1911.

Tolegian moved to Los Angeles at age nine and first studied art there at Manual Arts High School under Frederick Schwankovsky. He then continued at the ASL of NYC and with John Sloan, Thomas H. Benton, John S. Curry, and George Grosz.

He was a boyhood friend of writer Wm Soroyan for whom he wrote the folk music to his Pulitzer prize-winning play "Time of Your Life." Tolegian's book illustrations include Omar Khayyam's and The Dove Brings Peace.

During WWII he was a correspondent in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. After the war he settled in Sherman Oaks, CA where he remained until his death on Aug. 4, 1983. A Social-Realist during the 1930s, he then painted social protest scenes and later in life specialized in realistic still lifes.

He was also a writer, musician, and inventor of the first power easel. Exh: PAFA, 1938; AIC, 1938, 1943; NY World's Fair, 1939; GGIE, 1939; Crocker Art Gallery, 1941; SFAA, 1941; CGA, 1939, 1941, 1943; SFMA, 1941. In: CPLH; Crocker Museum (Sacramento); Univ. of Arizona; Chico (CA) Public Library; Phillips Gallery (Washington, DC). WWAA 1936-62; lnvw; Fresno Bee, 9-4-1983 (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.

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