View of the Palisades

by John R. Grabach (1886–1981)

Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 20 3/16 inches
Signed indistinctly lower right; on verso: John R Grabach

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Provenance

Graham Gallery, New York, New York, by 1980s

Private collection, New Jersey

Sale, Rago Auctions, Lambertville, New Jersey, November 9, 2019, lot 633

 

Exhibited

Graham Gallery, New York, New York, 1980s

John R. Grabach: Century Man, Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, July 5–September 24, 2006; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, January 14–March 4, 2007; Springfield Art Museum, Missouri, April 7­–June 3, 2007; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, July 21–September 16, 2007, no. 13

John R. Grabach /1880-1981, Salmagundi Club, New York, New York, May 20–June 13, 2008

Grabach and Gasser: Masters of the Newark School, John F. Peto Studio Museum, Island Heights, New Jersey, May 13–August 27, 2017

 

Literature

Gary T. Erbe, John R. Grabach: Century Man (Youngstown, OH: The Butler Institute of American Art, 2006), 12, 51, no. 13.

Gary Erbe, Grabach and Gasser: Masters of the Newark School (Island Heights, NJ: John F. Peto Studio Museum, 2017), 13.

Artist Biography

John R. Grabach was an active member of the New Jersey art community during the twentieth century, and experienced great success as an artist, teacher, and author. He demonstrated an early interest in art while growing up in Newark, New Jersey, and became a member of the Newark Sketch Club as a teenager. His artistic training continued at the Art Students League in New York, where he studied under George Bridgman, Frank Vincent Dumond, and Kenyon Cox.

During the 1920s, urban life in New York and Newark provided an endless source of inspiration for the artist; his

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John R. Grabach was an active member of the New Jersey art community during the twentieth century, and experienced great success as an artist, teacher, and author. He demonstrated an early interest in art while growing up in Newark, New Jersey, and became a member of the Newark Sketch Club as a teenager. His artistic training continued at the Art Students League in New York, where he studied under George Bridgman, Frank Vincent Dumond, and Kenyon Cox.

During the 1920s, urban life in New York and Newark provided an endless source of inspiration for the artist; his earliest works were powerful, Ashcan-style scenes that demonstrated an impressive ability to transform ordinary events into captivating scenes of American life. After the stock market crashed in 1929, Grabach’s approach shifted away from the vibrant, colorful depictions of bustling city life and began to reflect the realities of the Great Depression.

From the 1920s through the 1960s, his work was included in many important exhibitions, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, National Academy of Design, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1980, the Smithsonian American Art Museum honored his successful career with a solo retrospective show of his work. Today, pieces from his oeuvre are included in the permanent collections of prestigious museums and institutions that include The Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Newark Museum, Norton Museum of Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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