Alex Topp (Topchevsky)

American, 1911 - 1999


Alex Topp was born in Chicago, where he studied at the Hull House under his older brother, noted artist Morris Topchevsky. He earned his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Alex Topp worked for the WPA as an easel painter and executed murals for multiple government buildings. He traveled and painted in Mexico, Central America and Europe and is known for his social realist works from the 1930s and 1940s. Topp has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum and his work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute as well as the Library of Congress.

  • The Baseball Game, ca. 1930
    Oil on board
    14 x 17 inches

    Signed Alex, upper right.

    #7305
  • Study for "Have and Have Nots"
    Watercolor and pencil on paper
    14 x 17 inches
    #4010
  • Deck Side (New York Ferry), ca. 1940s
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    10 x 14 1/2 inches
    #4003
  • Untitled (Craps Table), ca. 1948
    Watercolor, ink and graphite on artist board
    8 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches
    #6078
  • All Girl Revue, ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    11 x 14 1/2 inches
    #4013
  • Children's Playground Under the El
    Watercolor on paper
    11 1/2 x 16 inches
    #4002
  • Untitled (Apartment Dwellings), ca. 1930
    Oil on Masonite
    24 x 20 inches
    #2219
  • Slum Clearance
    Oil on Masonite
    16 x 24 inches

    Signed Alex lower left

    #2223
  • Figure, ca. 1950
    Aluminum
    12 x 4 1/4 inches
    #438

Alex Topp was born in Chicago, where he studied at the Hull House under his older brother, noted artist Morris Topchevsky. He earned his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Alex Topp worked for the WPA as an easel painter and executed murals for multiple government buildings. He traveled and painted in Mexico, Central America and Europe and is known for his social realist works from the 1930s and 1940s. Topp has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum and his work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute as well as the Library of Congress.

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