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Nicholas Petkovich Surreal Pointillism Style Oil Painting, Mid-20th Century

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Nicholas Petkovich (Serbia-Pennsylvania, 1893 – 1952)
Untitled, mid-20th century
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the lower right
Christie’s East tag attached to the verso

Nicholad Petkovich was a Pittsburgh-based artist, who specialized in paintings of religious visions, nude figures, plein-air landscapes, animals and genre paintings. Born in Indjija, Serbia, Petkovich studied Law before entering the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. During the Balkan Wars, his wealth dwindled and he saved money to emigrate to the United States in 1916. He arrived in New York with six dollars to his name, and settled in Pittsburgh where he provided violin lessons, tutored school children, decorated holiday cards, and worked in coal fields to save money for art school tuition. In 1920, he was admitted to the Carnegie Institute of Technology, School of Painting and Decoration, where he studied illustration and still life painting. He was a pupil of Hubbell Henry Salem, who studied under several renowned artists including James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Jean Paul Laurens and Adolphe William Bouguereau.

  • Item not examined outside of mounting


- abrasions to the edges and surface of the frame; some paint chipping and scratches throughout the composition; minor warping of the canvas.


25.0" W x 33.0" H x 1.5" D

- measures the frame; sight measures 23.5" W x 31.5" H.

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