Morris Topchevsky papers
MSTopc00

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Topchevsky, Morris
Title
Morris Topchevsky papers
ID
MSTopc00
Date [inclusive]
1920-1940
Extent
0.1 linear ft.
Language
English
Abstract:
Muralist, painter, and printmaker Morris Topchevsky (1899-1947) was born in Bialistok, Poland (formerly Russia) and immigrated to Chicago as a child. He studied art at the Hull-House settlement house under Enella Benedict, at the Art Institute of Chicago with Albert Krehbiel, and at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City from 1924-1926. This collection consists of two etchings. A photograph of Morris Topchevsky was transferred to the JAMC photograph collection.

Preferred Citation

Morris Topchevsky papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Muralist, painter, and print-maker Morris Topchevsky (1899-1947) was born in Bialistok, Poland (formerly Russia) and immigrated to Chicago as a child. He studied art at the Hull-House settlement house under Enella Benedict, at the Art Institute of Chicago with Albert Krehbiel, and at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City from 1924-1926. Topchevsky was attracted to the revolutionary art of Mexico and particularly admired the work of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. He made several trips to Mexico to study Mexican art and learned mural painting techniques that he later used as a WPA artist. Topchevsky taught at the Hull-House settlement, the Experimental College of the University of Wisconsin, and the Abraham Lincoln Center in Chicago. His artwork depicted underprivileged and unemployed people in Chicago and Mexico, Chicago neighborhood scenes, and Nazi oppression of the Jews.

Topchevsky's colorful watercolors and oils and his etchings of Mexican and Chicago life were exhibited at a one-man show in the Hull-House Shop in the Italian Court building in Chicago. He also exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Artists Group Gallery, Increase Robinson's Gallery, the John Reed Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of fine Arts, the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, the Witte Museum of San Antonio, the Ministry of Education in Mexico City, and the Committee for Latin American Cultural Relations in New York. Topchevsky helped organize the United American Artists Local 90 and served as its first president. After his death in 1946, a memorial retrospective of his work was held at the galleries of the Marshall Field store.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two etchings and one photograph.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives May 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  06/24/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Hull-House and Settlement House History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Morris Topchevsky Papers 

Box Folder

Dry point etching of Jewish Talmudic scholar, with Star of David in the background, signed: M. Topchevsky, undated 

1 1

Etching of Maxwell Street scene by Morris Topchevsky, undated 

1 2

Photograph of Morris Topchevsky, undated 

1 3

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