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Anton Refregier Art

ANTON REFREGIER (RUSSIA, 1905–79)

Anton Refregier was a painter and muralist active in Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project commissions, and in teaching art. He was a Russian immigrant to the United States. He is known, among other works, for his mural The History of California located in the Rincon Center, in downtown San Francisco, California. It depicts the state's history across 27 panels that he painted from 1940–48. The style of this historic mural had many of Refregier's key characteristics. The palette was composed of yellows, browns, and grays, punctuated by red in certain areas to evoke emotion. Earthy tones and the lack of bright colors remind viewers of the struggles and hardships he is depicting. Refregier also uses white to represent virtue in those inspired by a cause. His style is very flat and one-dimensional. Refregier uses solid blocks of color to denote shadows, along with depth and shade. His painting style appears to be very rudimentary and simple, but complex because of the way he uses color to evoke emotion and powerful images to tell a story. Refregier died in 1979 while in Moscow. Refregier was working on a mural for a medical center in his home city. The same year, his Rincon Mural was placed under the protection of the National Register of Historic Places.

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LUMBERJACKS Hanging Sculpture Painting Ceramic Mid-Century Woodstock Men Working
By Anton Refregier
Located in New York, NY
LUMBERJACKS Hanging Sculpture Painting Ceramic Mid-Century Woodstock Men Working Anton Refregier (1905-1979) "Lumberjacks," Ceramic embedded plaster on masonite. 26 x 9 inches. Sign...
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1950s American Modern Anton Refregier Art

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Ceramic, Plaster, Wood, Masonite

"Coulee Dam Construction" WPA Precisionist Industrial Figurative American Scene
By Anton Refregier
Located in New York, NY
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1930s American Realist Anton Refregier Art

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Canvas, Oil

Deaths of Castillo and Calvo Sotelo (Spanish Civil War)
By Anton Refregier
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Anton Refregier, 'Deaths of Castillo and Calvo Sotelo' (Spanish Civil War), lithograph, c. 1936, edition 20. Numbered '17/20' in pencil. Signed 'REF.' in the stone, lower right. A fi...
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1930s American Modern Anton Refregier Art

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Lithograph

Picnic
By Anton Refregier
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Anton Refregier Title: Picnic Year: 1959 Medium: Oil on Masonite, signed and dated l.r. Size: 24 x 44 inches (61 x 112 cm) Frame: 31.5 x 51.5 inches
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1950s American Modern Anton Refregier Art

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Oil

"Girl in the Grass"
By Anton Refregier
Located in Southampton, NY
Original oil on canvas painting done by Anton Refregier in 1962. Signed and dated top right. Rudolph Gallery, Woodstock, New York gallery label verso. Titled on stretcher bar verso. ...
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1960s Modern Anton Refregier Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Still Life with Radishes"
By Anton Refregier
Located in Southampton, NY
Pastel on paper by Anton Refregier; signed top right. Circa 1965. Linen mat with original 1/2 inch gold leaf frame. Overall framed size 17.5 by 22.75 inches. There is a repair or a...
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1960s Modern Anton Refregier Art

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Oil Pastel, Paper

Peace
By Anton Refregier
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed and titled in pencil Created along with an illustrated book project Song of Peace, 1950-1959. Woodcut printed in orange red ink on Japanese paper Sheet: 16 1/8 x 7"; ...
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1950s Anton Refregier Art

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Woodcut

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