James Spencer Russell 1957 Watercolor and Ink Sketch of Bologna, Italy


A 1957 watercolor and ink sketch of Bologna, Italy by American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). The sketch depicts a populated Strada Maggiore, Bologna, Italy where several abstract figures are depicted strolling beneath the portico. Presented behind cream mat in a black frame, the piece is signed and dated to the lower right corner. 

Born in Monticello, Indiana, Russell was interested in art from a young age but was directed into pursuing a military career by his family. As a young person, he attended a military academy, became a celebrated codebreaker during WWII, and even received a scholarship to attend WestPoint. However, Russell's interest in art eventually led him to abandon his military pursuits and try to make it in the art world instead. After working as an NBC set designer after WWII, he turned his attention to becoming a full-time artist. During the 1960s, he started exhibiting his works alongside artists who would later come to characterize the art scene at the time, including Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein. He later moved back to Indiana where he continued to create art until his death in 2000. 



15” x 11” x .75” (frame); 10” x 3.5” (sight).

Condition notes:

Scratches, scuffs, and some chips in the frame. There is a scratch in the glass. Other age appropriate wear.

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