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Abe Blashko

American, 1920 - 2011

I did a few [works] that were inspired by my visits to the carnivals in my neighborhood. I was struck by these particular scenes, especially the women who would look upon the audience with faces that displayed great pain.
—Abe Blashko

Lithographic crayon on cream-colored heavy weight wove paper
23 X 14 1/2 in.
Gift of the artist
Provenance: the artist, Seattle, by gift to Seattle Art Museum, July 1939
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryIn chronological order:

{possibly Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Drawings by Abe Blashko, November 9-December 4, 1938. No catalogue.}

Published ReferencesIn chronological order:

cf. Callahan, Kenneth. “Seattle Art Museum,” Seattle Sunday Times, November 12, 1938: p. 5 [review of 1938 SAM show, discusses all the drawings generally].

Martin, Scott. “Integrating Style with Substance: Scott Martin Talks with Cover Artist Abe Blashko,” Raven Chronicles 3, no. 3 (Spring 1994), reproduced inside back cover.

Martin, Scott. “Art is Where You Find It: An Exhibit and Profile of Abe Blashko, Raven Chronicles, on-line edition (April 1998),, reproduced.

cf. Iacono, Domenic J. “Printmaking in the 1930s and 1940s: A Conversation with Abe Blashko, Mark Freeman, and Charles Keller,” in David Tatham, ed., North American Prints, 1913-1947: An Examination at Century’s End (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2006), p. 160 [re: the making of a preparatory drawing for lithograph of an equestrienne].

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