Henry Martin Gasser (1909–1981)
Henry Gasser stayed true to his roots in both his life and work. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Gasser trained at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, and later at the Art Students League in New York under Robert Brackman and John R. Grabach. Gasser was greatly influenced by the compositions and subject matter of the Ashcan school painters (including Grabach) and turned to his hometown for inspiration. Mapping the changes in an increasingly industrial Newark, Gasser created wintry scenes of everyday life, where men shoveled their cars out of snow, went to work at the factory, and returned home to rest. In addition to becoming an established watercolorist and oil painter, Gasser also taught at his alma mater in Newark and published a number of books on the process of painting. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society (of which he was vice-president in 1953), and the National Arts Club. Gasser exhibited frequently and won over one hundred awards for his efforts throughout his lifetime. His work may be seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Dallas Museum of Art; Newark Museum; and Morris Museum, New Jersey.