IRVING NORMAN (1906-1989)

IRVING NORMAN The Lithuanian-American artist Irving Norman was a social surrealist who painted large-scale and highly detailed critiques of contemporary life with hopes that viewers would consider the consequences of their actions and change their behavior. Influenced by the dire conditions of the Great Depression, his massive canvases feature armies of clone-like figures behaving in the clockwork manner in which they have been programmed. He moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1934 before helping to defend the Spanish Republic from the fascist Franco dictatorship. He survived the Spanish Civil War and in 1939 settling on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast, where he began drawing and painting from the atrocities he had witnessed. In 1940, he moved to San Francisco and had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art two years later. He then traveled to Mexico City and saw the murals of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros before moving to New York City to studying at the Art Students League from 1946 to 1947. He returned to San Francisco in the late 1940s. In 1988, fire destroyed his home, studio, artwork, and personal papers.

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The Human Condition
oil on canvas
120 x 182 in.
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To Have and Have Not, Charity Gala
oil on canvas
92 x 104 in.
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The Academy
oil on canvas
110 x 90 in.
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Funeral of the Gods
oil on canvas
90 x 110 in.
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Interrelations
oil on canvas
120 x 80 in.
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The Summit, The Ultimate Summit
oil on canvas
120 x 80 in.
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Farewell
oil on canvas
90 x 100 in.
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M.F.I. Complex
oil on canvas
100 x 76 in.
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Supreme Justice
oil on canvas
100 x 76 in.
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To the Unknown
oil on canvas
96 x 72 in.
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Students
oil on canvas
110 x 72 in.
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The Palace
oil on canvas
90 x 60 in.
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Monumental
oil on canvas
90 x 64 in.
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Air Raid Shelter
oil on canvas
100 x 64 in.
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Children #2
oil on canvas
72 x 90 in.
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Totems
oil on canvas
72 x 110 in.
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Liberation War Prisoners
oil on canvas
72 x 90 in.
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Man of Sorrow
oil on canvas
84 x 60 in.
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War Wounded
oil on canvas
70 x 60 in.
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Aspirations
oil on canvas
90 x 54 in.
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The Lawmakers, The Legislators
oil on canvas
90 x 72 in.
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Prison
oil on canvas
56 x 46 in.
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Prisoners
oil on canvas
52 x 68 1/8 in.
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Draftee
oil on canvas
100 x 38 in.
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City Image
oil on canvas
124 x 44 in.
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Flight
oil on canvas
60 x 74 in.
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To Be Remembered
oil on canvas
90 x 48 in.
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Thirty Pieces of Silver
oil on canvas
90 x 54 in.
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Mining
oil on canvas
40 x 84 in.
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Cityscape
oil on canvas
74 1/8 x 37 1/2 in.
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Carousel Restaurant
oil on canvas
60 x 72 in.
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Totem of a Holy Family
oil on canvas
90 x 19 3/4 in.
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Frosted Window
oil on canvas
36 x 90 in.
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Rural Family
oil on canvas
36 x 72 in.
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Crossing the Bridge
oil on canvas
90 x 60 in.
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Prisoner
oil on canvas
54 x 20 in.
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Homeless 1
oil on canvas
48 x 60 in.
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Homeless 2
oil on canvas
72 x 36 in.
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Slum Youth
oil on canvas
44 1/4 x 20 1/4 in.
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Strange Lovers (The Hard Marriage)
ink and colored pencil on paper
22 3/4 x 29 in.
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Striptease
pencil and colored pencil on paper
30 x 20 in.
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Women Welders, The Ship
graphite on paper
14 1/4 x 28 3/8 in.
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Shrapnel
pen and ink on artists board
29 3/4 x 20 in.
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Wine Bottle
graphite on paper
18 7/8 x 11 5/8 in.
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Untitled (Possible Study for "Liberation War Prisonerss")
pencil on paper
14 x 16 1/2 in.
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Untitled (Possible Study for "Children #2)
graphite on paper
10 7/8 x 13 5/8 in.
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Untitled
graphite and crayon on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in.
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Untitled
graphite and crayon on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in.
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Untitled
graphite on paper
9 x 11 5/8 in.
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Untitled
pencil on paper
11 3/4 x 9 in.
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Untitled
pencil on paper
7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.
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Untitled
pencil on paper
9 5/8 x 7 in.
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Untitled
pencil on paper
9 5/8 x 7 in.
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The Circus, Balancing Act 2 (a Study)
pencil on paper
11 x 9 in.
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The Circus, The Balancing Act 2a (a Study)
pencil on paper
11 x 9 in.
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Pocket Sketch Pad
graphite on paper
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
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Untitled
pen and ink on paper
8 x 5 in.
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From Work
lithograph on paper
20 x 25 in.
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Untitled (Possible Study for "The Immortality of Beethoven's 9th Symphony")
pencil on paper
14 x 11 in.
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From Work
lithograph on paper
20 x 25 in.
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Untitled (Bodies in Crypt)
pencil on paper
7 1/2 x 3 7/8 in.
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Untitled (War Study)
graphite on paper
6 x 3 1/2 in.
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Pocket Sketch Pad
graphite on paper
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
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Untitled (Fire Bird)
graphite and crayon on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in.
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Untitled (Bodies)
pencil on paper
6 3/4 x 2 in.
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Untitled (Smoking Man)
pen on paper
8 7/8 x 6 in.
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Untitled
pen and ink on paper
3 9/16 x 2 1/2 in.
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Untitled
pen and ink
3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
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Untitled (Man with Fire Bird)
graphite and crayon on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in.
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Untitled (Couple)
graphite on paper
5 x 3 1/2 in.
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Untitled (Possible Study for "Celebration")
graphite on paper
4 7/8 x 3 in.
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Sketch Pad
graphite on paper
6 x 3 7/8 in.
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Untitled (Possible Study for "From Work")
pencil on paper
11 x 14 in.
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Untitled
pen and ink on paper
3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
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Untitled
pen and ink on paper
3 3/8 x 2 7/16 in.
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Untitled (Head with Fire)
graphite and crayon on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in.
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Untitled (Possible Study for "From Work")
pencil on paper
11 x 14 in.
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Untitled (Head of Woman)
graphite on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in.
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Untitled (Man Wearing Hat and Tunic)
pen on paper
9 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.
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Untitled (Stacked Heads)
graphite on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in.
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Untitled (Two Sketches: Man Wearing Hat and Man Carrying Heart)
pen on paper
9 1/8 x 6 1/4 in.
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Untitled (Abstract Head)
graphite on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in.
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Untitled (Abstract Heads)
pen on paper
8 7/8 x 6 in.
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Untitled (Possible Study for "The Immortality of Beethoven's 9th Symphony" 2)
graphite on paper
14 x 11 in.
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Untitled (Four Heads)
graphite on paper
5 x 3 1/2 in.
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Untitled (Possible Study for "From Work")
graphite on paper
5 x 3 1/2 in.
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