HENRY GASSER:(1909-1981) Photo "St Veronica Doorway" Italy Ca 1950 Framed
- Description: These were from the Henry Gasser estate and photographs sometimes used for his paintings
- Dimension: 9.5" x 13.5" custom black metal frame; 6.5 x 9.5 sight
- Frame: Acid- free matt; under glass
- Condition: Very good; Crease in photo with minor pinpoint chip
- Note: St Veronica is the Patron Saint of Photographers
- Signature: Unsigned
HENRY GASSER (1909-1981)
Painter, lecturer, teacher, illustrator and author, Henry Gasser was born in Newark, NewJersey on Oct. 31,1909. He lived, studied and worked in New Jersey for hisentire life. A Master at watercolor and oil his work consisted of, in his ownwords, "everyday subjects that are available to most of us-street scenes,back yards, trees, old houses, etc I looked for them in front of houses, inbackyards, public parks, and elsewhere". He also painted numerous harborand fishing village scenes. His work demonstrated a sense of place and feelingthat most could identify with. He often "exhausted a subject" whichbecomes evident when viewing the body of his work for many of his paintings arejust slight variations of previously completed compositions. His Paintings alsocontain a great deal of what he called "solitary silence" created bychosen subject matter such as a "Coming Storm", "Night in thePark", "Shadows"... He felt that Design was very important andmeant the difference between a mediocre work and a truly professional one. Itis here where Gasser excelled, his work demonstrates a sense of compositionthat gained wide spread appreciation for his work.
He got his background in art studying at the Newark School of Fine andIndustrial Art and the Grand Central School of Art. This was followed by studyat the Art Students League of New York in the classes of Robert Bracman. Helater studied privately under John R. Grabach. He is represented in over fiftymuseum collections and numerous important private ones as well. Among theawards that Henry Gasser has received are the Hallgarten Prize at the NationalAcademy, the Zabriskie, Osborne, and Obrig prizes at the American WatercolorSociety, the Philadelphia watercolor club prize, the Allied Artists Gold Medalat Oakland, California and many others. He was a member of the National academyof Design, the American Watercolor Society, the Royal Society of Art (GreatBritain), the Salmagundi Club, the Philadelphia, Baltimore and WashingtonWatercolor Clubs and the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He was a life member ofthe National Arts Club, Grand Central Art Galleries and the Art Students Leagueand others. He served as Director of the Newark School of Fine and IndustrialArt from 1946-54 then continued lecturing and demonstrating for most of theremainder of his life. He also wrote numerous books on painting. He died inOrange, NJ in 1981.
Courtesy: Blake Benton Fine Art