John Graham (American (born Ukraine), Kiev 1881–1961 London)
Oil on canvas
24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm)
Gift of Nanette B. Kelekian, 2002
Not on view
This portrait of the seventy-five-year-old art dealer is one of nineteen works shown in the exhibition, "Kelekian: As the Artist Sees Him," at the Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, in 1944. Among the other artists invited into his gallery for special sittings were the painters Milton Avery, André Derain, Walt Kuhn, and André Masson and the sculptors Chaim Gross and Jacques Lipchitz. Many of their compositions also included antiquities from the gallery.
Inscription: Signed and dated (upper left).: GRAHAM / XXXXIII
the sitter, New York (from 1943); his granddaughter, Nanette B. Kelekian, New York (until 2002; her gift to MMA)
New York. Durand-Ruel Galleries. "Kelekian as the Artist Sees Him," October 17–November 4, 1944, no. 6.
Josephine Gibbs. "Kelekian Portrayal." Art Digest 19 (October 15, 1944), p. 9.