Henry Martin Gasser, “Coming Home,” oil on canvas, 13 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches

Questroyal Fine Art in New York City can help add your name to the growing list of of collectors of Henry Martin Gasser, an artist distinguished by more than 100 awards in his lifetime and included in over 60 museum collections. How?

Now through December 9 in New York City, Questroyal Fine Art is offering a selling exhibition of works by the esteemed Henry Martin Gasser (1909-1981). Thirty-six works feature during the exhibition, which encompasses the artist’s entire career. According to Questroyal’s Alison Kowalski, “Henry Martin Gasser was an American painter in every sense. From his working-class industrial town, he sought out the greatest artists in the area in order to study from them, and he found inspiration in his backyard. Through persistence and a spirit of originality, Gasser turned humble scenes of urban American life in the mid-20th century into extraordinary works of art that were widely praised by the art world. After achieving fame for his paintings, he extended his reach further by educating future artists and writing instructional books on his innovative techniques.

Henry Martin Gasser, “Gloucester Vista,” watercolor and gouache on paper, 15 3/8 x 22 15/16 inches
Henry Martin Gasser, “Houses by the Lane, Bermuda,” oil on panel, 10 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches
Henry Martin Gasser, “Lauren’s Farm,” oil on canvas, 25 7/8 x 29 7/8 inches
Henry Martin Gasser, “Winter Path,” oil on canvas, 20 x 24 1/8 inches

“Despite its highly individualistic style, Gasser’s work still fits neatly into the tradition established by his American predecessors. In addition to exhibiting influence from Grabach, Gasser’s realist depictions of every­day life continued the legacy of the Ashcan painters. The majority of Gasser’s work portrays his native New Jersey. By the time he reached artistic maturity in the mid-20th century, Newark had become a major industrial center. Such cities, although the life force of American industry and ingenuity, were not known for their scenic qualities. Nonetheless, Gasser found beauty in his surroundings. His artworks typically feature urban scenes, such as residential streets lined with houses, and blue-collar suburban communities. Along with painting in New Jersey and New York, he embarked on excursions with Grabach to New England to capture coastal views and winter scenery. During World War II, Gasser was stationed in South Carolina as a sergeant in a Visual Aid Unit of the army, where he painted the vibrant Southern culture surrounding him.”

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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