JOHN DOS PASSOS AUTOGRAPHED FLY LEAF


John Roderigo Dos Passos was born January 14, 1896 – died September 28, 1970.  Dos Passos was an American novelist and artist. Before becoming a leading novelist of his day, John Dos Passos sketched and painted. During the summer of 1922, he studied at Hamilton Easter Field’s art colony in Ogunquit, Maine. Many of his books published during the ensuing ten years used jackets and illustrations that Dos Passos created. Influenced by various movements, he merged elements of Impressionism, Expressionism, and Cubism to create his own unique style. And his work evolved with his first exhibition at New York’s National Arts Club in 1922 and the following year at Gertrude Whitney’s Studio Club in New York City. While Dos Passos never gained recognition as a great artist, he continued to paint throughout his lifetime and his body of work was well respected. His art most often reflected his travels in Spain, Mexico, North Africa, plus the streets and cafés of the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris that he had frequented with good friends Fernand Leger, Ernest Hemingway, Blaise Cendrars, and others. Between 1925 and 1927, Dos Passos wrote plays as well as created posters and set designs for the New Playwrights Theatre in New York City. In his later years, his efforts turned to painting scenes around his residences in Maine and Virginia. Original John Dos Passos Autographed Fly Leaf, Approx. Size 5 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Written on fly leaf: To E.M. Lampson from John Dos Passos and David Margolis June 15, 1922. Regular Price – $ 165.00 / Sale Price – $ 124.95.

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