Rare 1930's "Tenements" Painting By John Grabach Will Be Auctioned on April 28, 2011

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A powerful Depression Era cityscape by famous Smithsonian artist recalls early 20th Century life in America

John Grabach was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1886 and spent most of his life painting working class scenes. A graduate of the Art Students League in New York City, his gritty depictions of hard times have been compared to the "Ashcan" School painters, led by John Sloan, William Glackens , George Bellows and Edward Hopper. Art historians consider Grabach to be a major Post-Ashcan Urban Realist whose paintings capture the despair and evoke the raw emotions millions experienced during The Great Depression. His work transcends its time and tells a story to this day.

"Tenements", an emotional 12" X 16" oil painting in pristine original condition, will be sold at auction on April 28th. It has a pre-sale estimate of $6-$8,000 at Shannons Auctioneers in Milford, Connecticut, but it could bring more because Grabach's paintings have sold at auction for as much as $48,000. This important 80-year old painting was owned by a private art collector in Maine, and has not been offered for sale for decades. An old label, hand written in fountain pen in the 1930's, is attached to the back of the painting, which is signed "John R. Grabach" in the lower right corner.

From the 1920's to the 1960's, John Grabach was the subject of numerous one-man exhibitions in prestigious galleries and museums. In 1980, The Smithsonian Institute honored Grabach with a solo rerospective of his work, an unusual tribute for a living artist. Grabach was a beloved teacher at the Newark School of Industrial Design, where he mentored the popular Newark artist Henry Gasser. His art is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

More than 30 books reference the artistic accomplishments of John Grabach who died in 1981 at the age of 95.

For further information, please contact Les and Sue Fox via their website at http://www.AmericanArtAdvisor.com. The Foxes offer a unique Art Auction Partnership program. They also offer a free appraisal service for original paintings by listed American Artists. In 2006, they launched "Art Discovery Day" at Bank Of America. "Tenements" can be seen on the website of Shannons Auctioneers at http://www.Shannons.com. The Foxes can also be reached at (201) 891-7170 or (cell) 201-264-7450 or by email at:lesfox(at)optonline(dot)net.


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