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 Emil Ganso  (1895 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: New York/Iowa / Germany      Known for: figure-nude, modernist-leaning landscape-harbor

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BIOGRAPHY for Emil Ganso
1895 (Halberstadt, Germany)
1941 (Iowa City, Iowa)

New York/Iowa / Germany

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Artist in residence at the University of Iowa, Emil Ganso became best known for his erotic figures.

Source: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:

Emil Ganso (b. 1895)

Ganso was born in Germany in 1895.  At age 14, he apprenticed to a baker and then worked his way to America when he was 17.  He worked in bakeries in Scranton, Pennsylvania; and Cincinnati and Akron, Ohio.  By 1916, Ganso out of a job, and was living the life of a bohemian in New York City, sometimes on less than 30 cents a week. I

n 1921, Ganso painted on a bedsheet, a realistic nude, and was forced by the police to remove it from an exhibition.  The bedsheet with the painting was later stolen.  He soon had a job baking again at $140 a month, and with time to spare for painting and study. Ganso quit baking in 1925 when a New York dealer game him financial backing of $50 a week.  Ganso has prospered from his art ever since.

His work is in over 15 American museums, and the Print Club of Cleveland awarded him a $500 purchase prize for a wood engraving.  A versatile artist, he paints a variety of subjects

(from a profile written by Clyde Singer)

Museum holdings :
Biblioteque National Paris; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art; Kupferstich Cabinet in Berlin; Library of Congress; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; New York Public Library; Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Whitney Museum of American Art.

Exhibitions : (one-man)
Weyhe Gallery 1926 - 1946; Washington Irving Gallery 1960; Retrospective at the Whitney 1941; Retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum 1944; William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut in1976.

(from an exhibition catalog held at Marti Sumers Graphics in 197

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