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us: Cortor, Eldzier, 1916-2015

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    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1916-01-10
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 2015-11-26
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Richmond (Va.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Seaford (N.Y.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Lower East Side (New York, N.Y.)
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Columbia University
        • Organization: (naf) Pratt Graphic Art Center
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Works Project Administration (Chicago, Ill.)
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        (lcsh) Painters
          (lcsh) Printmakers
            (lcsh) Muralists
        • Sources

          • found: Three masters, c1988: t.p. (Eldzier Cortor) p. 12 (b. 1/10/16)
          • found: African American National Biography, accessed December 7, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Cortor, Eldzier; painter, printmaker, muralist; born 10 January 1916 in Richmond, Virginia, United States; entered Englewood High School; took evening classes at the School of the Art Institute; studied at Columbia University and at the Pratt Graphic Art Center; was influenced by African art; was an easel painter for the Works Project Administration; in 1944 received a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship; painting of women earned him artistic acclaim; one of his best-known paintings Southern Gate is placed in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; won the annual prize at the Art Institute of Chicago; was awarded the Purchase Prize at the Carnegie Institute Annual Show; in 1949 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and traveled to Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti)
          • found: New York times WWW site, viewed Nov. 30, 2015 (in obituary published Nov. 27: Eldzier Cortor; b. Jan. 10, 1916, Richmond, Va.; around 1950, moved to New York City's Lower East Side, where he lived for the rest of his life; d. Thursday [Nov. 26, 2015], Seaford, N.Y., aged 99; painter and printmaker perhaps best known for his elegant paintings of nude black women created when such works were seldom seen in the mainstream art world)
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