This framed polymer (acrylic) on board painting measures 28" W X 22" H. The painting is in very fine condition. It is dated on back July/August 1967.
Ralph Fabri (1894-1975) was born Fabri Reszo in Budapest Hungary but relocated to New York City in 1921, where he lived the rest of his life.
In Hungary he earned his B.A. degree at the Royal State Gymnasium, studied architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology (1912-1914) and earned his M.A. degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (1918).
After arriving in New York he began doing commercial design work and during the academic year of 1923-24 was enrolled as an evening student at the National Academy of Design. After becoming an American citizen in 1927, he traveled extensively in Europe. Upon returning to New York that same year, Fabri decided his financial situation was stable enough to allow him to focus his attention on fine art.
During the Great Depression, Fabri's already inadequate portrait commissions and art sales further declined and he returned to commercial work. He established a workshop known as the Ralph Fabri Studios, that designed theatrical and movie sets, window displays, and retail interiors. But Fabri found the workshop dirty and distasteful, and eventually was able to concentrate on advertising work which could be done from home. The largest clients for his pen and ink drawings were The Stamp and Album Co. of America, Inc. (for which he designed covers for stamp albums and produced illustrations for envelopes housing sets of stamps sold to collectors), Geographica Map Co., and Joseph H. Cohen & Sons (for whom he designed and illustrated mail order catalogs). Another source of income during this period was the design and construction of an addition to "Iroki," Theodore Dreiser's estate in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., for which Fabri acted as architect and contractor.
Soon after arriving in the United States, Fabri began writing art reviews and articles on art and other topics for publication in Hungarian newspapers, and began submitting similar pieces to American newspapers and periodicals. Between 1949 and 1951 Pictures on Exhibit published a series of twenty articles by Fabri on materials and techniques, and from 1952 through 1961 he was a critic for that publication. Fabri contributed many articles on a variety of topics to Today's Art, starting in 1953, the year the magazine was established. In 1961, Fabri became associate editor of that monthly periodical and was named its editor in 1970, a position he held for the remainder of his life. During his tenure, every issue of Today's Art included signed and unsigned articles and editorials by Fabri, as well as some pieces written under pseudonyms. He also worked as a book reviewer for American Artist and art editor of Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia.
Fabri may be best known for his books in the how-to-do-it vein, some of which were distributed through art supply stores. Among his many books are: Learn to Draw (1945), Oil Painting: How-to-Do-It! (1953), A Guide to Polymer Painting (1966), Sculpture in Paper (1966), Color: A Complete Guide for Artists (1967), Complete Guide to Flower Painting (1968), The First Hundred Years: History of the American Watercolor Society (1969), Painting Outdoors (1969), Painting Cityscapes (1970), and Artist's Guide to Composition (1971).
For nearly three decades, Fabri taught art in New York City. He was an instructor in the life and still life classes at the Parson's School of Design from 1947 through 1949. In 1951, Fabri was appointed associate professor at City College of New York, where he taught painting and art history until retiring in 1967. In addition, he was on the faculty of School of the National Academy of Design, teaching painting, drawing, and graphics from 1964 until his death. Fabri also taught in the early 1950's at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art and the National Academy School of Fine Arts.
Fabri was an exacting and prolific printmaker, involved in several related organizations such as the Society of American Graphic Artists, the California Society of Etchers and printmakers groups in Boston and Washington.
He was also a member of the following associations: Allied Artists of America, American Water Color Society, Painters in Water Color, Audubon Society of Artists, National Academy of Design, National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Salmagundi Club, Salons of America, Society of American Etchers/Brooklyn Society of Etchers, the Royal Society of Arts, London.
Beginning with his first solo show in 1938 he exhibited frequently throughout Europe and America and was awarded numerous prizes. In addition to teaching, he contributed regularly to Today's Art, of which he was associate editor, and published popular how-to volumes on mastering techniques such as oil painting, color application, paper sculpture, drawing and composition.
He has been exhibited at the following museums: Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, New York, National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution.
Some of his works are also in the permanent collection of the following Museums: Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; National Academy of Design Museum, New York City; Print Club of Albany, Albany, NY; Smithsonian American Art, Washington, DC; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; The John H. Vanderpoel Art Association, Chicago, IL.
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This painting would be welcome addition to any room or setting and is bound to appreciate.