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Chinese Figure (Still Life) - Hovsep  Pushman
Hovsep Pushman
"Chinese Figure (Still Life)"
Oil on panel
21 x 17 inches
Signed lower right
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Pushman’s classic subject is seen here in Chinese Figure (Still Life), where a seated Buddhist statue is next to two Oriental ceramic vessels. Other details to emphasize his trademark theme include the shadowy Chinoiserie print in the background, and sprigs of tree blossoms emerging from the left. The Buddhist figure is brought out in clear light, while the setting remains murky and mysterious. A trip to Asia in his early career spurred the artist’s enduring attraction to Oriental spiritualism and aesthetics. Using objects such as this idol, he sought to capture both the intrigue and beauty of this exotic culture. In Pushman’s best style, this work is imbued with symbolism and painted with an expert hand.

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