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Manuel Azadigian
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1901
Malatya
Malatya, Turkey
Death: Sep. 17, 1924
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Manuel emigrated to the United States from Malatya in the Ottoman Empire in 1912 with his mother and younger sister. They arrived at the port of Philadelphia on September 2, 1912 and joined Manuel's father there at 816 Berks Street, where members of his mother's family also lived. He attended public school for three years before having to leave it to help his impoverished family. Manuel was an accomplished artist from a young age who in 1918 was accepted to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He quickly became one of its best students. He studied under the renowned artist Daniel Garber who wrote to him "you deserve success and I believe you will achieve it." Azadigian's oil painting "Still Life" was displayed and sold in 1921 at the Academy's 116th annual exhibition and his work also appeared in a show by the Society of Independent Artists. Manuel then went to study in Paris on a scholarship from businessman Arshag Karagheusian and with a recommendation from Robert Vonnoh, who referred to him as "one of his most promising pupils". He studied at the Acadťmie de la Grande ChaumiŤre and a French article at the time wrote that while he was an unknown in Paris, he should prove to become known very quickly due to his precision and talent. His main body of work consisted of still life, portraits, and landscapes. He studied in Rome as well before returning home in 1923, as his father was ill. On his ship manifest returning home he listed as a contact person his "uncle" (more likely family friend also from Malatya) the notable Armenian writer Ruben Vorberian. He returned home, arriving two months after his father's death from tuberculosis. He rented an apartment in New York where he continued to paint, and during this period of uncertainty met a woman who introduced him to leading Broadway and film stars of the day. He was commissioned by one in particular, actress Hazel Dawn, to paint her portrait at her beautiful estate in Amityville, Long Island. At the same time however he was gripped with terrible back pains which led to loss of weight and loss of appetite. He painted through the pains, which had been diagnosed by a doctor as lumbago, but three weeks into the painting he collapsed at his easel. Miss Dawn had him rushed to her brother-in-law, a noted surgeon, who quickly discovered that Manuel was fatally afflicted with cancer. He returned to his family's home at 1402 N. 7th Street in Philadelphia where he died a month later, age 22, leaving behind many paintings. Miss Dawn told his story in the New York Daily Graphic newspaper in hopes that his talent would be appreciated after his death but the article failed to do so. Manuel's paintings were shipped back to Philadelphia, where they never made it to his family and their whereabouts unknown to this day, a doubly tragic ending to a tragic life.

Manuel was originally buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Philadelphia with his father (West Norris Terrace, Lot 312) until it closed in 1951 and they were moved to Lawnview. He sometimes used the name Manuel Azadian and his last name was also spelled multiple ways such as Azadagian and Azadigan. Cause of death: Carcinoma Omentum 
 
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 Parents:
  George Kevork Azadigian (1880 - 1923)
  Margaret Sookiasian Azadigian (1878 - 1934)
 
 Siblings:
  Manuel Azadigian (1901 - 1924)
  Viola Manoushag Azadigian Donoian (1907 - 1998)*
  Frank Vasken Azadigian (1913 - 1978)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lawnview Cemetery
Rockledge
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Diamond Section, Lot 38, Grave 6
 
Created by: Paul S.
Record added: Aug 11, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6680181
Manuel Azadigian
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Manuel Azadigian
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Manuel Azadigian
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- GŁner N. AkgŁn
 Added: Dec. 20, 2007

- Priscilla Gaskins
 Added: Apr. 29, 2007

They say that life is fleeting
I know that this is true
I left this world so quickly
With no goodbye to you.
I know how much you miss me
Your tears fall ever light
The pillow where you lay your head
Is wet with them at night.
...(Read more)
- LFB
 Added: Oct. 31, 2005
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