Edwin Kosarek 1953 Graphite Portrait of Veiled Woman with Architecture

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I purchased this and a few other drawings by Edwin Kosarek from a dealer who had purchased a good number of them plus a journal kept by Kosarek, which provided a little biographical information. What I know is that he was from New Jersey (b. 1929) but spent a good part of the 1950s in Mexico, after which he briefly attended Cooper Union. He was gay, and estranged from his family, and, it seems increasingly mentally ill, with not much record of him after the 1950s.

I think his drawings were wonderful and full of life, and a number of them, including this one, remind me a bit of the incredible work of the visionary self taught artist Martin Ramirez (reference image included in photos, roughly contemporary to Kosarek) which, as yet undiscovered, Kosarek obviously would not have known.  Here, a draped and veiled woman in front of another veil (curtain) pulled to reveal the geometries of a Spanish Colonial building behind--all drawn with an energy and boldness that lends drama to what already feels rather like a scene from a play, and she feels very much like an archetypal character.  Confident and mysterious and I can't stop looking at it. 

Drawing, graphite on tan paper: 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" tape mounted to white paper, with ink drawn border and signature: 11" x 8 9/16". Very good condition.