An artist distinguished by one hundred awards nationwide and included in sixty museum collections, Gasser is the sleeping giant of the twentieth century. He was a prolific artist and active leader of the Newark art school, heading the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and authoring seven instructional art books. The exhibition and sale will showcase the artist’s skill as both an oil painter and watercolorist and demonstrate the full range of his talent, including industrial scenes, city views, New England harbor towns, and snow-covered villages.
Gasser was an American painter in every sense. Through persistence and a spirit of originality, he turned humble scenes of urban American life in the mid-twentieth century into extraordinary works of art that were widely praised by the art world. Bound for Posterity: Henry Martin Gasser (1909–1981) presents a rare opportunity to acquire paintings by one of the most appealing artists of the twentieth century. In the words of gallery owner Louis M. Salerno, “With all that Gasser has accomplished, he is somehow not quite famous yet, and, fortuitously, the value of his paintings has not kept pace with his escalating popularity.”