Morris Topchevsky

American, 1899 - 1947


Morris Topchevsky immigrated to Chicago with his family in 1910, leaving behind persecution in his native Poland. Once in Chicago, Topchevsky found a friend and colleague in Jane Addams. In the early 1920s, Topchevsky studied art at Addams’ Hull House and also enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with noted Impressionist Albert Krehbiel. Topchevsky traveled to Mexico City in the mid-1920s, when he was moved by the monumental public murals of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. Topchevsky met and worked with Rivera during his stay in Mexico City.

Morris Topchevsky exhibited at such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago (where his work was shown fourteen times between 1923 and 1946); the National Academy of Design, New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Hyde Park; and the White Museum, San Antonio, among others. He completed murals for the Abraham Lincoln Center on Chicago’s South Side and for the Holmes School in Oak Park, IL.

  • Topchevsky 7366
    Sleeping in the Park, 1939
    Oil on burlap
    20 x 24 inches

    Signed and dated M. Topchevsky '39, lower right.

    #7366
  • Topchevsky 2231
    Granery with Horse Team, Chicago, ca. 1930s
    Oil on burlap
    14 x 12 1/4 inches
    #2231
  • Topchevsky 1838
    Mural Study (Construction), ca. 1930s
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    7 x 19 1/2 inches

    Signed M. Topchevsky on reverse.

    #6801
  • Topchevsky 1826
    Chicago Scene, ca. 1930s
    Watercolor on paper
    12 1/2 x 18 inches
    #1826
  • 1844 topchevsky 1844
    Children Painting
    Pastel and graphite on paper
    8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
    #1844
  • 1845 topchevsky 1845
    Three Children
    Pastel and graphite on paper
    8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
    #1845
  • Topchevsky 1830
    Chicago Rooftops, ca. 1930s
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    10 x 12 inches
    #1830
  • 1886 topchevsky 1886
    Chicago Scene (Looking West, Wacker Drive), ca. 1928
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
    #1886
  • 1884 topchevsky 1884
    Chicago Scene, ca. 1928
    Watercolor on paper
    8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
    #1884
  • 4962 topchevsky 4962
    Refugees , 1936
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    22 x 28 inches

    Dated 1936 lower left; signed and titled on reverse.

    #4962
  • 4961 topchevsky 4961
    Refugees, 1939-1940
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    24 x 18 inches

    Signed M. Topchevsky and dated lower right.

    #4961
  • Topchevsky 8259
    Lynching Scene
    Watercolor on paper
    19 x 3 3/4 inches
    #8259
  • 1849 topchevsky 1849
    Strike Scene, 1932
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    16 x 11 inches

    Signed and dated M. Topchevsky '32 upper right.

    #1849
  • 1854 topchevsky 1854
    Factory Scene
    Ink on paper
    9 1/2 x 11 inches
    #1854
  • 4012 topchevsky 4012
    Coal Yard, 1945
    Ink and gouache on paper
    12 x 9 inches

    Signed M. Topchevsky upper left; signed on reverse.

    #4012
  • 1874 topchevsky 1874
    Chicago Scene (Skyscraper View), ca. 1928
    Graphite on paper
    8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
    #1874
  • 1875 topchevsky 1875
    Chicago Scene (View of the Street), ca. 1928
    Graphite on paper
    8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
    #1875

Morris Topchevsky immigrated to Chicago with his family in 1910, leaving behind persecution in his native Poland. Once in Chicago, Topchevsky found a friend and colleague in Jane Addams. In the early 1920s, Topchevsky studied art at Addams’ Hull House and also enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with noted Impressionist Albert Krehbiel. Topchevsky traveled to Mexico City in the mid-1920s, when he was moved by the monumental public murals of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. Topchevsky met and worked with Rivera during his stay in Mexico City.

Morris Topchevsky exhibited at such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago (where his work was shown fourteen times between 1923 and 1946); the National Academy of Design, New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Hyde Park; and the White Museum, San Antonio, among others. He completed murals for the Abraham Lincoln Center on Chicago’s South Side and for the Holmes School in Oak Park, IL.

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