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"Near the River"

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Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed lower left
Origin United States, New Jersey
Period 1950-1979
Materials Oil on Canvas
Dimensions
W. 36 in; H. 29 in;
W. 91.44 cm; H. 73.66 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date c. 1957
Description Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by:

Gershon Benjamin (1899 – 1985)

An American Modernist of portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and urban scenes, Gershon Benjamin, sustained an active career for over seven decades. Dedicated to artistic expression that was both personal and honest, Benjamin believed: “To feel is to know and to know is to feel; all my paintings represent that through color, line, and subject.”

Born in Romania, Gershon Benjamin moved with his family to Montreal, Canada in 1901. He began studying art when he was ten, taking classes at the Council of Arts and Manufacturers of the Province of Quebec. Among his teachers was the prominent Edmond Dyonnet. In 1913, Benjamin enrolled at the Royal Canadian Academy, where he was taught and encouraged by William Brymner, the president of the Academy at the time.

In 1923, Gershon Benjamin moved to New York, where he began working the night shift at the New York Sun’s art department and enrolled at the Art Students League. Among his teachers at the League were Joseph Pennell, from whom he learned engraving, and John Sloan, the figural drawing instructor.

While in New York, Gershon Benjamin began associating with a circle of progressive-minded artists, including Milton Avery, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Arshile Gorky, and Raphael and Moses Soyer. These artists often painted together and critiqued each other’s work. Benjamin was neither interested in commercial success nor in competing with others for notoriety. Although many of these associates became infamous artists, Benjamin was content to simply paint, supported by his job at the New York Sun. This choice has enabled Benjamin’s work to remain largely unknown but highly sought-after.

Benjamin is represented in many private collectors, as well as in public collections including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Berkeley Heights Public Library; Drew University; Griffiths Art Center, St. Lawrence University; and Ulrich Museum of Art.
Styles / Movements Modernism
Catalog References Illustrated in "Gershon Benjamin, The Art of Simplicity" pg. 46
Dealer Reference Number JOL110918012
Incollect Reference Number 351666
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