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Henry Botkin (1896-1983) Oil 'Couple Holding Baby' well listed Modernist Artist- Ira Gershwin's cousin-Pres of Fed. Modern Painters & Sculpt

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A lovely oil by famous American painter Henry Albert Botkin (1896-1983) depicting couple holding new born baby. Oil on board -Very collectible work by well listed painter who has high auction and gallery prices. Henry Albert Botkin has a lengthy history of receiving high auction records at both Sotheby's and Christie's. Title: 'Couple with Baby' Signature: Signed on back of frame Medium: Oil on Painting Size: c. 13 X 16 inches unframed, c 17 1/8 X 20 inches frame Condition: Very good for age- No Paint loss or damage Free domestic shipping! Returns & exchanges: Returns accepted within 30 days of the purchase of the item. However, the buyer is responsible for shipping the item back to us and that cost will not be refunded. We will refund your money for the item as soon as we receive the item back. Please send the item back to us with tracking. About artist: Henry Albert Botkin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 5th, 1896. After his early training at the Massachusetts College of Art, he moved to New York City. Botkin took classes in drawing and illustration at the Art Students League and worked as an illustrator for Harper’s, The Saturday Evening Post and Century magazines. Botkin remained in New York City for eight years and then in the early 1920s, he moved to Paris to devote himself exclusively to painting. He held his first European exhibition in Paris at the Billiet Gallery in 1927. In addition to working on his own painting, Botkin acted as agent purchasing works by outstanding artists for prominent collectors, including his cousin George Gershwin. Botkin returned to New York in 1930 and married Rhoada Lehman and in 1934 joined Gershwin in Folly Island, South Carolina. Botkin and Gershwin worked simultaneously; Gershwin composing the opera, "Porgy and Bess" and Botkin painting scenes from the life of the American Negro in the South. Botkin also encouraged his cousin to paint and after Gershwin’s death in 1937, he arranged an exhibition in New York City of Gershwin’s work at Avery Fisher Hall (which was formerly known as the Philharmonic Hall – it was remodeled in 1976). In the late 1930s, Henry Botkin began to develop a new approach to his painting. He moved away from the earlier impressionist influence and turned to abstraction. Botkin took an active role in bringing abstract art into greater public awareness and served as president of four major art organizations including: The Artist’s Equity Association, The American Abstract Artist’s Group 256 in Provincetown, and the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. In 1955 Botkin arranged the first exhibition of American abstract art at the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan. He also organized the sale of five hundred and forty paintings at the Whitney Museum in New York, 1959. Botkin spoke on the radio, “The Voice of America,” television, lead panel discussions throughout the country, and lectured and taught privately in New York, California, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.