Atanas Tasev Collection,
1949, 1952, 1956, 1976

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7337
Creators:
Tasev, Atanas
Dates:
1949, 1952, 1956, 1976
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.58 cu. ft. (1 tall document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These papers consist of three Tasev sketches of NZP animals drawn in 1949, 1952, and 1956. Also included is a 1976 book entitled Washington Zoo, a collection of Tasev's animal sketches.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Atanas Tasev (1897-1991) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he studied painting and had his first exhibition at age 23. He continued his education at the Academy in Prague and eventually made his home there for twenty-seven years, painting portraits, landscapes, and city street scenes. In 1946, he left Czechoslovakia for Sweden and came to the United States in 1948.
Tasev continued his portrait work in Washington, D.C., and in New York. Between 1948 and 1958, he frequently visited the National Zoological Park (NZP) in Washington and drew pencil sketches of the animals for relaxation. He was a good friend of William M. Mann, NZP Director from 1925 to 1956, and they often had tea together in Mann's Washington apartment.

Notes
Personal Papers

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7337, Atanas Tasev Collection

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