(1882 - 1934)
Gerrit Albertus Beneker was active/lived in Massachusetts, New York, Michigan. Gerrit Beneker is known for industry, figure and portrait painting, illustration.
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The following is submitted by Katrina Beneker, granddaughter of the artist, August 2003.
In 1905, Gerrit Beneker began his art career as an illustrator. He married Flora Judd, his high school sweetheart from Grand Rapids and they moved to Brooklyn, NY. Gerrit's early passion was to create an art that would inspire and provide honor to the workingman. As such, he had no interest in painting portraits of pretty women, which were so often seen on the magazine covers of the day. Rather he wanted to seek out workingmen on the bridges, tunnels and skyscrapers of NYC, and paint them in their environments. He completed over 150 magazine covers, numerous ads including many for Ivory Soap and over 50 illustrations for magazine stories. Beneker
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