Haig Patigian Big Ben On the Thames

Haig Patigian (1876-1950)

Big Ben On the Thames

oil on panel

5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″

Born in Van, Armenia on Jan. 22, 1876. At age 15 Patigian immigrated to Fresno, CA where he worked in the vineyards and as a sign painter. Opting for an art career, he moved to San Francisco in 1899 and enrolled at the Mark Hopkins Institute while supporting himself as an employee in the art department of the Bulletin. After the earthquake he spent 1906-07 in Paris where he received criticism from Alix Marquet and exhibited at the Paris Salon. Upon returning to San Francisco, he established a home and studio where he produced portrait busts, monuments, and architectural sculpture. He soon became one of the most famous sculptors on the West Coast. Patigian died in San Francisco at his home at 898 Francisco Street on Sept. 19, 1950. Member: Société des Artistes Français; Bohemian Club (pres. three terms); Press Club (SF) Family Club (SF); Nat’l Inst. of Arts & Letters; NSS; Society for Sanity in Art (pres.) Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1901-03; Salon des Artistes Français (Paris), 1906-07; Bohemian Club, 1909-22; PPIE, 1915 (member of Int’l Jury of Awards); CPLH, 1929; SFMA, 1935; GGIE, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, 1940s. In: SF City Hall (General Funston & James Rolph bust); McKinley Monument (Arcata, CA); Bohemian Club; Rowell Monument (Fresno); Alden J. Blethen Memorial (Seattle); UC (John M. Eshleman bust); Metropolitan Life Bldg, SF (pediment); SF Olympic Club (Wm G. Harrison); Golden Gate Park (General Pershing); SF Civic Center (Abraham Lincoln); Washington Square (SF); De Young Museum (John Keith bust); SF Public Library (Dr. E. R. Taylor); CPLH (Helen Wills bust); White House, Washington, DC (Herbert Hoover bust).