Anthony Eterovich was a Cleveland based artist whose paintings incorporate abstract portraiture or photo-realistic cityscapes.
He achieved nationwide recognition when he won first place in the 1951 Sixteenth Annual New Years Show, a national art competition
at the Butler Institute for American Art with an abstract oil painting entitled "The Merry Bench". From this show Edith Halpert invited Mr. Eterovich to exhibit another painting in her New York City Downtown
Gallery. On May 6th 1951, Howard Devree of the New York Times said,
of the most ambitious canvases is by Anthony Eterovich of Cleveland - ‘Table Charade', which might have been called
‘The World is Full of a Number of Things' and succeeds in bringing organization out of what might well have been a too
complicated profusion of detail."
work is known for profound color and imaginative, almost whimsical choices of subject matter. His exhibitions include: the
Cleveland Museum of Art May Shows from 1934 to 1971; the Butler Institute for American Art from 1939 to 1970. During
his lifetime, Eterovich had two solo shows at the Women's City Club in 1956 and the Intown Club in 1963. Also,
in 1963, he had several oil paintings in a show called "Thirty Cleveland Artists" which previewed in New York City,
opened in Great Neck, New York and culminated in another month of exhibition at the Circle Gallery in Downtown Cleveland.
Eterovich was featured at The Country Inn and Stables at Walden and the Cleveland Institute
of Art Faculty Shows from 1951 to 2005.
Since his death in 2011,
Eterovich's work has been featured at ARTneo and the AAWR. The centennial of his birth was marked with his work on
exhibit at four major organizations in Cleveland including the Cleveland Institute of Art Study Collection, ARTneo's "Fundamental
Gestures", "Out of the Archives" by the AAWR at the Beechwood Community Center and a full retrospective of
47 paintings, drawings and watercolors at Tregoning & Company, all in the Cleveland or greater Cleveland area.
Anthony William Eterovich was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 2, 1916. His parents, George and Anna, emigrated from the Dalmatian coast of what is now Croatia. From the time he was three, Eterovich had a pencil in his hand and his family was
somehow able to provide him with the materials he needed to express himself on paper. He was influenced by living through
the Great Depression and serving in the Army during World War II.
He was drafted and achieved the rank of Sergeant Tech Four in the Army where he did more than thirty portraits of his peers, colonels, captains and
a three star general. He was called upon to draw maps and create topographical visualizations of landing and occupied
areas and silhouette identification of enemy aircraft and other vehicles. In addition, he taught French while stationed
in Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania from 1943-1944 and then Camp Gordon Johnston in Florida from 1944-1945. A portion of these pictures have been turned over to the Cleveland
Institute of Art.
In 1934, Eterovich won a scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art where he received a degree in portraiture in 1938. After the army, he went on to receive
a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University in 1947. He continued with honors in extended studies at Ohio University in 1948-1949 and the New York Art Students League in 1950-1954. He did more than 30 portraits in Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania and at
Camp Gordon Johnson in Florida but the bulk of his painting has been done in the Greater Cleveland area. In 1950, he
married Alice Troyan and had one daughter, Karen.
Influences on his work
include Renoir, Degas and Manet for color
and Edward Hopper and Richard Estes for cityscapes and photo realism. He studied and was influenced by Cleveland School of Art's finest painters including
John Teyral and Viktor Schreckengost. Additionally, he studied with Jack Levine and Alexander Yakovleff; both had residencies at the Cleveland Institute of
Art. Other artist/teachers who influenced
his work were Aaron Bohrod at Ohio University and Robert Motherwell at Oberlin College.