Signed Takis, this is a watercolor or gouache. The full card measures 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ while the image measures 6 1/2″ x 8″. It needs to be matted due to DAC markings for printing in the margin. It is truly charming and very colorful.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Nicholas Takis began studies at Art Student’s League in 1919; in addition he took classes at New York School of Fine & Applied Art; and New York Evening School of Industrial Art.
One Man Shows: Contemporary Art Gallery, 1936; Valentine Gallery, NYC; Raymond & Raymond Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA; Outlines Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; Research Museum, Maitland, FL; Bertha Schaefer Gallery; Onya LaTour Gallery.
Large Group Shows: The Independents, Audubon Artists, Bucknell College, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, OH; Museum of University of Puerto Rico; Riverside Museum; Marian Willard Gallery; Salpeter Gallery; Municipal Gallery; Steele Gallery, University of Indiana.
Public Collections: Museum of University of Colorado; Lincoln Memorial Museum, Milwaukee, Wisc.; Indiana State Teachers College; Research Gallery; Brooklyn Public Library.
Private Collections: Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller; Joseph Hirshorn, Torin Thatcher, Helena Rubenstein, Mrs. Albert Warner, Mr. John Stratton, William Weintraub, Mr. Morris Haft, Mrs. Jennings Lang, Marian Willard, David Willentz, Elka Chase, Evelyn Annenberg, Bob Sokoler, Marlon Brando, Jack Oakie, Wendy Barrie.
The information above was taken from Mr. Takis’ resume. An “Evening Journal” picture of Mr. Takis, his wife and toddler son which states (newspaper article written around 1930): “Although Nicholas Takis enjoyed all of the luxuries of a millionaire’s son only a few years ago and today is selling his paintings for what he can get, the change in his fortune doesn’t bother him. He’s as “happy now as I ever was,” with his wife, Mrs. Marjorie Takis, and son, Robert, he said. In addition, he’s able to continue his art career.
April 9, 1979 from Chicago Tribune featuring “Blue Shutters, 30×40, $6000” at a showing at Marshall Field reads: “See an exhibition and selling of works by Nicholas Takis (1903-64) at our State Street Store. This internationally renowned artist was born in New York City and studied at the Art Students League and the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. A pioneer in American Expressionism, his oil paintings have been exhibited in several prominent museums, such as the Contemporary Art Gallery in New York, and in many private collections throughout the country. Come see this exciting collection now through May 9 in Fine Paintings – Second Floor, South Wabash.”
Information submitted (June 2004) as a bulletin by: Bonita Breeding