Lot 1305
Martin Obzina (Austrian/American, 1892-1991), Blue Head and Head in Profile
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Watercolor, pencil, ink, conte and charcoal on paper, two Cubist style drawings framed together, signed "M" in oval in lower left and right corners, circa 1950; estate stamps to verso (Shari Barman, executor), with a Childs Gallery, Boston, label, matted and presented in a silver-gilt molded wood frame.

SS 8.25 x 6.75 in. each; DOA 14 x 21 in.

From the estate of the late Henry and Patricia Pollock, Huntersville, North Carolina

Obzina was born in Vienna, Austria, and studied at the Polytechnic Art School in Vienna. He came to the U.S. in 1913 and attended Iowa State College. He then moved to California and settled in Hollywood. He assisted David Siquieros in the mural in the Plaza Art Center in 1932. He was a stage designer and scenic artist in the movie industry for 20 years before becoming an art director in 1939. He was twice nominated for Academy Awards, for "First Love" in 1940 and "Flame of New Orleans" in 1942. (Information according to Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940")

Light rippling to drawings, minor wear to frame gilding exposing red ground in a few areas.