Zoltan L. Sepeshy


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Painter. Best known for cityscapes and industrial landscapes, he sometimes recorded these subjects with straightforward, energetic realism, while in other cases he drew on cubist fragmentation to rearrange elements of the visual setting. One such painting, Scranton Coal Chute (Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1935), dynamically interprets a mining operation. As well, he created landscapes and figural compositions of energetic, interlocking forms depicting people in the activities of modern life. His late work included religious themes, and he also painted murals. Born in Kassa, Hungary (now Kosice, Slovakia), he trained as an artist in Budapest and Vienna. He emigrated to the United States in 1921, settling in Detroit after a short period in New York. For thirty-five years before his retirement in 1966, Sepeshy taught or served as an administrator at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In the thirteen years after 1946, he served as director, succeeding the founder Eliel Saarinen. He died in nearby Royal Oak.

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