Offered by: Jim's of Lambertville
6 Bridge Street Lambertville, NJ 08530 , United States Call Seller 609.397.7700


"Study for Lone House"

Price Upon Request
  • Description
    Signed lower center.
    Complemented by a hand carved and gilt frame.

    John R. Grabach (1886 - 1981)

    John Grabach was a highly regarded New Jersey artist, teacher and author of a classic text, How to Draw the Human Figure. He was born in Massachusetts, and with his widowed mother, moved to Newark, New Jersey when he was eleven. Starting out as a die cutter for a New Jersey silverware firm, Grabach also designed important works of sterling silver hollow ware and Art Deco glass designs for several high end retail manufacturers. He designed United States stamps for the Treasury Department and designed holiday greeting cards for several firms. Grabach enrolled in courses at the Art Students League in his spare time studying under George Bridgeman, Frank Dumond and Kenyon Cox and H. August Schwabe.

    Considered a leading figure among the Newark School of Painters, his powerful ashcan style paintings depicting scenes of New York City and Newark are truly American masterpieces. He captures the expressions and mood of his subjects in these complex compositions on par with any of the so called American masters of this period. Similar in many ways to his contemporary, George Bellows, Grabach was gifted in portraying the everyday events of working class folks, and translating their ordinary daily routines into something extraordinary to look out.

    Whether it be his native blue collar Newark neighborhood, a crew of gruff dockworkers or something as regular an uninteresting as men eating soup, John Grabach had the ability to turn virtually any subject into appealing and worthy art.

    From the 1920’s through the 1960’s, Grabach was the subject of numerous one-man exhibitions in prestigious galleries and institutions across the country. In 1980, The Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. honored Grabach with a solo retrospective show of his work. This was an unusual tribute for a still living artist.

    Grabach was a dedicated and beloved teacher at the Newark School of Industrial Design for many years and among his favorite students was Henry Gasser. Grabachs’ work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Art Alliance among many others.

    Sources: New Hope for American Art by James M. Alterman
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Notes: Signed lower center
    Origin: United States, New Jersey
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: oil on board
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: New Hope School
    Dealer Reference #: JOL1111201607
    Incollect Reference #: 172184
  • Dimensions
    W. 10.25 in; H. 8.75 in;
    W. 26.04 cm; H. 22.23 cm;
Message from Seller:

Jim's of Lambertville: Specializing in Pennsylvania Impressionist and Modernist Paintings, Fine Custom Framing and Quality Antiques

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