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Sergei Bongart Russian American Vintage Watercolor Gouache Original Colorist Painting Rustic Canyon California Orange Orchard Landscape
Sergei Bongart Russian American Vintage Watercolor Gouache Original Colorist Painting Rustic Canyon California Orange Orchard Landscape
Sergei Bongart Russian American Vintage Watercolor Gouache Original Colorist Painting Rustic Canyon California Orange Orchard Landscape
Sergei Bongart Russian American Vintage Watercolor Gouache Original Colorist Painting Rustic Canyon California Orange Orchard Landscape
Sergei Bongart Russian American Vintage Watercolor Gouache Original Colorist Painting Rustic Canyon California Orange Orchard Landscape
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Sergei Bongart Russian American Vintage Watercolor Gouache Original Colorist Painting Rustic Canyon California Orange Orchard Landscape

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Born in Kiev, Ukraine; Sergei Bongart, (1918–1985), was traditionally trained in the academics, and Russian Realism at the Kiev Art Institute. With remarkable early talent, his paintings graced the walls of museums, by age eighteen. Sergei Bongart studied art in Prague, Munich, and Vienna, as well as Kiev; before emigrating to the United States, in 1948. Bongart lived 6 years in Memphis, Tennessee; the location of his sponsor. In 1954, he moved to Los Angeles, where he furthered his training, with the renowned Russian-born master, Nikolai Fechin, and founded an art school. He taught a number of aspiring young painters who later became well-known, nationally collected American artists—among them: Peter Liashkov, Del Gish, Sunny Apinchapong, Ron Lukus, Rulon Hacking, Melinda Miles, Patricia LeGrande Bongart, Susan Greaves, James Dudley Slay, Don Sahli and Ovanes Berberian.
In 1969, Bongart established an art school in Idaho. He lived half the year in Santa Monica, California and the other half in Idaho. Much of his art reflects the rustic settings which reminded him of his homeland.
Bongart is admired for his richly colored and emotionally expressive landscapes, still lifes and portraits. He was best known as a colorist, working in exaggerated color, using dynamic but carefully controlled color relationships and extolling the virtues of approaching painting as "color first, subject last." His work is featured in prominent museums, and has received many awards, including a 1982 Gold Medal from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his oil painting entitled "Spring Evening." In 1968, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member.


Sergei Bongart

(1918–1985)

Russian-American Painter, Colorist, Post Impressionist

Gouache and Watercolor on Paper, Mixed Media


Sergei Bongart
Russian American
Workers picking oranges from trees in Rustic Canyon, California orange orchards
Gouache and Watercolor on Paper (mixed media)
Approximately 21.75" X 28.75", showing, from behind mat. Painting measures approximately 31.5" X 39", with frame. The painting is possibly larger than what is revealed from mat, in frame. Perforation from frame on reverse is 28" X 36.5, and painting has not been taken out from behind the glass, (still sealed in gallery frame); verso still sealed with original brown paper gallery seal.
Hand signed lower left in red
B is the most prominent of the signature.
The painting is in good original condition. There are no overpaints, nor previous restorations or cleanings. There are a couple of areas through the middle where the gouache/oil was thicker, and left some longer stress lines on the paper/cracks to the lower right; possibly done in creation, but should be mentioned for quality assurance. Please review images. Frame is in good condition. There were previously chips to the frame that have been restored. Mat is in very good condition, and is a type of off white linen gallery mat.
Painting is behind heavy glass. In order to save on shipping, and to avoid any damage from glass breaking, etc in shipping, glass will be removed from frame before shipping. Local pick up is available.

 

 

 

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