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Emil Ganso

 (1895 - 1941)
Emil Ganso was active/lived in New York, Iowa / Germany.  Emil Ganso is known for figure-nude, modernist-leaning landscape-harbor.

Emil Ganso

Biography from the Archives of askART

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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About  Emil Ganso

Born:  1895 - Halberstadt, Germany
Died:   1941 - Iowa City, Iowa
Known for:  figure-nude, modernist-leaning landscape-harbor

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Emil Ganso

Painters of Nudes