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Fine Oil Painting on Canvas "Chessman" by Albert Pels

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A fine oil painting on canvas titled Chessman by well-listed American artist Albert Pels (1910-1998). Depicted is a figure wearing royal clothing similar to a king with a spring body coming out of a box. At the base is a knight and rook chess pieces in green and blue tones. Signed in red paint to the lower right corner and is titled to the verso on a label. Presented in a painted black floating frame with hanging hardware present to the verso.

Pels began his formal artistic training in his hometown at the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1931. Upon graduating, Pels further pursued his artistic career and moved to New York, refining his technique while continuing his education at the Art Students League, working under the likes of historically renowned artists Thomas Hart Benton, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Alexander Brook. Pels went on to study at Beaux Arts and the American School, and in doing so established his distinctive, signature painting style and content for which he became recognized.

Sold to Benefit the Art Academy of Cincinnati


- minor wear to edges of frame; wear to fabric backing.


15.5" W x 59.0" H x 3.5" D

- measured in the frame; sight size measures 15" W x 57.50" H.

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